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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Contact Information

Address: c/o Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club, 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle, East St. Louis, IL 62204. Fax: 618-274-1868. Phone: 618-274-5437. Online: www.jjkbgc.org.

Awards and Accomplishments

1974-78 Wins four consecutive national junior pentathlon championships
1984 Silver medal, Olympic heptathlon
1985 Sets U.S. record in long jump
1986 Sets two world records in heptathlon
1986 Sullivan Award for Best Amateur Athlete; Jesse Owens Award; Track and Field Athlete of the Year
1987 McDonald's Amateur Athlete of the Year
1988 Olympic gold medals in heptathlon and long jump
1989 Honorary doctorate, University of Missouri
1992 Olympic gold medal, heptathlon; Olympic bronze medal, long jump
1996 Olympic bronze medal, long jump
1998 Gold medal, heptathlon, Goodwill Games

Where Is She Now?

Joyner-Kersee continues to work to encourage young people to improve their lives, largely through her work with the Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club. She told a reporter for PR Newswire, "I will be there as often as I can, hopefully every other day. I don't want the Center to just be my namesake, but to be a center that I am very active in. I want to be there for the kids."

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