Joyner-Kersee, Jackie(joi`nər-kûr`zē), 1962–, American track and field athlete, b. East St. Louis, Ill. One of the world's best all-around women athletes, she won the silver medal in the heptathlon in the 1984 Summer Olympics, won the gold medal and set the world record in the event in 1988, and captured the gold again at the 1992 games. She also won a gold medal (1988) and bronze medals (1992, 1996) in the long jump.
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Joyner-Kersee, (Jacqueline) Jackie(1962– ) track and field athlete; born in East St. Louis, Mo. One of the greatest female athletes in history, she won a silver medal in the heptathlon in the 1984 Olympics and gold medals in the 1988 and 1992 Games. She won a gold medal in the long jump in 1988 and a bronze at the 1992 Olympics.
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