Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962 - )
Jackie Joyner-Kersee has been called the greatest woman athlete of the 20th century. Born in a poor neighborhood in East St. Louis, Illinois, Joyner-Kersee excelled in basketball, volleyball, and track and received an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles. She entered the 1984 Olympics and participated in three more Olympic games, winning a total of three gold medals and setting the women’s record for the heptathlon. In 1996, Joyner-Kersee began playing professional basketball for the Richmond Rage. She currently lives in East St. Louis with her husband and former track coach, Bob Kersee.
- Partially excerpted from a NWHM Newsletter,
- PHOTO: University of California, Los Angeles