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Jackie was born on March 3,1962,East St.Louis, Illinois.
Jackie was the first american ever to win a gold medal in the long jump and the first woman in history to earn more than 7,000 points in the grueling seven-event heptathlon.
She received widespread honors in high school in a lot of sports, including track, basketball and volleyball. In her junior year, she set the Illinois high-school jump record for women,with a 6.68-meter jump.
In 1987 at the World Championships in Rome, after winning the first of two heptathlon and long jump world titles, she was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title: "Super Woman."
Joyner-Kersee's last Olympic run came in 1996, when she took home a bronze medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She did not compete in the heptathlon that year due to a pulled hamstring.
In 2001 at age 38 she officially retired from track and field Following her retirement, she founded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation.
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