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Jackie Joyner-Kersee


1962 Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
1974 Wins first of four consecutive national junior pentathlon championships
1980-84 Attends University of California-Los Angeles
1984 Competes in Olympic, wins silver medals
1985 Sets world record in long jump
1986 Sets two world records, receives several awards
1986 Marries Bob Kersee
1988 Wins two Olympic gold medals
1992 Wins Olympic gold medal and bronze medal
1996 Wins Olympic bronze medal
1996 Briefly plays with Richmond Rage basketball team
1996-present Works on behalf of a variety of philanthropic causes
1997 Announces creation of the Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club
1998 Announces retirement from competition, but it is not official
2000 Does not qualify for U.S. Olympic team
2001 Officially retires from competition

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