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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Inducted: 2004, athlete
Born: March 3, 1962 - East St. Louis, Illinois
Heptathlon - 7291 pts.
Long Jump - 7.49 m
100 m hurdles - 12.61

Considered by many to be the greatest female all-around athlete in history, Jackie Joyner-Kersee's achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals, and the still-standing world record of 7,291 points in the women's heptathlon. JJK was a four-time Olympian, who won the long jump gold medal in 1988, and long jump bronze in 1992 and 1996. In Olympic heptathlon competition she won the silver medal in 1984 and the gold medal in 1988 and 1992. A four-time World Outdoor Championships team member, she won long jump gold medals in 1987 and 1991, and heptathlon gold in 1987 and 1993. The USA 100m hurdles champion in 1994, JJK won the national long jump title nine times, and the national championship in the heptathlon on eight occasions. During her career at the USA Indoor Championships, she won the 60m hurdles title in 1992, and the long jump national crown in 1992, '94, '95. As a collegian at UCLA, Joyner-Kersee won the NCAA heptathlon title in 1982, 1983. The former long jump world record holder, she set the heptathlon world record three times and was a two-time 100mH U.S. record holder, four-time U.S. long jump record holder, two-time U.S. 60m hurdles record holder and six-time and current U.S. indoor long jump record holder. She is the current U.S. indoor 50mH, 55mH and 60mH record holder. JJK, the first woman ever to break 7,000 points in the heptathlon, was world ranked three times at 100m hurdles, 11 times at LJ (#1 three times) and 11 times in the heptathlon (#1 six times).

Records Held

World Record: Heptathlon - 7148 pts.
World Record: Heptathlon - 7158 pts.
World Record: Heptathlon - 7215 pts.
World Record: Heptathlon - 7291 pts.
World Record: Long Jump - 7.45 m (August 13, 1987 - )
American Record (indoor): Long Jump - 7.13 m (March 5, 1994 - )
American Record (indoor): 50 m hurdles - 6.67 (February 10, 1995 - )
American Record (indoor): 55 m hurdles - 7.37 (February 3, 1989 - )

1984 Olympic Games: Heptathlon (2nd)
1988 Olympic Games: Heptathlon - 7291 pts. (1st)
1988 Olympic Games: Long Jump - 7.40 m (1st)
1992 Olympic Games: Heptathlon - 7044 pts. (1st)
1992 Olympic Games: Long Jump - 7.07 m (3rd)
1996 Olympic Games: Long Jump - 7.00 m (3rd)
1982 USA Outdoor Championships: Heptathlon - 6041 pts. (1st)
1984 U.S. Olympic Trials: Heptathlon - 6520 pts. (1st)
1986 USA Indoor Championships: Long Jump - 6.97 m (1st)
1987 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 7.64 (1st)
1987 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 280.50 m (1st)
1987 USA Outdoor Championships: Heptathlon - 6979 pts. (1st)
1988 U.S. Olympic Trials: Heptathlon - 7215 pts. (1st)
1988 U.S. Olympic Trials: Long Jump - 7.45 m (1st)
1990 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 7.08 m (1st)
1991 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 6.91 m (1st)
1991 USA Outdoor Championships: Heptathlon - 6878 pts. (1st)
1992 U.S. Olympic Trials: Long Jump - 7.08 m (1st)
1992 U.S. Olympic Trials: Heptathlon - 6695 pts. (1st)
1992 USA Indoor Championships: Long Jump - 6.84 m (1st)
1992 USA Indoor Championships: 60 m hurdles - 8.07 (1st)
1993 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 7.02 m (1st)
1993 USA Outdoor Championships: Heptathlon - 6770 pts. (1st)
1994 USA Indoor Championships: Long Jump - 7.13 m (1st)
1994 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 7.14 m (1st)
1994 USA Outdoor Championships: 100 m hurdles - 12.88 (1st)
1995 USA Indoor Championships: Long Jump - 6.72 m (1st)
1995 USA Outdoor Championships: Long Jump - 6.88 m (1st)
1995 USA Outdoor Championships: Heptathlon - 6375 pts. (1st)
1996 U.S. Olympic Trials: Long Jump - 7.04 m (1st)
1982 NCAA: Heptathlon (1st)
1983 NCAA: Heptathlon (1st)

high school: Lincoln HS (East St. Louis, Illinois), 1980
undergraduate: UCLA (Los Angeles, California), 1985


California Sports Hall of Fame 2007 Inductee

In 1985, upon leaving UCLA after her final year of collegiate competition, Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated women's track and field for the next 13 years. 

At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, while still at UCLA, she won her first Olympic medal, a silver in the heptathlon, just missing the gold by five points. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Joyner-Kersee won gold medals in the heptathlon, where she established a new world record, and the long jump. She still holds the world record in the heptathlon (7291 points) and the American records in the heptathlon and long jump (24'-7" twice). She won a second straight gold medal in the heptathlon and a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In 1996 in Atlanta, Joyner-Kersee could not finish the heptathlon because of a painful right hamstring injury, but came back to win a bronze medal in the long jump.

On three different occasions (1986, 1987 & 1994) she was voted Track & Field News World Athlete of the Year and on five occasions the top American (1994, '92, '91, '87, '86). In Olympic competition, Joyner-Kersee won six medals, including three gold, moving her to the head of the U.S. list, over Bruin alums Florence Griffith-Joyner and Evelyn Ashford, each with five, and Marion Jones, who won five medals, including three gold, at the 2000 Games. 

Considered to be the world's greatest female athlete, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, retired from heptathlon competition in 1998, winning the event at the Goodwill Games. She did return to long jump competition at the 2000 U.S. Trials in an effort to make her fifth consecutive U.S. women's Olympic team, but placed sixth (21-10) in the final.

In addition to her track achievement Joyner-Kersee was also a four-year starter on the UCLA women's basketball team, playing from 1980-83 and 1984-85. She I still listed among the Bruins' best in career scoring, rebounding and assists. Joyner-Kersee continued her basketball career in 1996, playing for Richmond in the ABL. 

Known worldwide for her interest in helping others, Joyner-Kersee raised more than $12 million to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of E. St. Louis, IL. She also keeps busy as the Chairperson of the St. Louis Sports Commission, and the Co-Founder of Jackie Joyner-Kersee Racing (NASCAR).

In 1997, Joyner-Kersee was the inaugural recipient of the USA Humanitarian Athlete of the year and, in 1986-87, she received the Jesse Owens Award. 

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