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Jackie Joyner-Kersee: An All American Black Athlete


Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a retired American athlete known for her exceptional achievements in track and field, particularly in the heptathlon and long jump. She is considered one of the greatest female athletes in history.


Joyner-Kersee competed in four Olympic Games, winning a total of six medals, including three golds. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she set the world record in the heptathlon, a record that still stands today. She also set records in other events and is known for her remarkable versatility and endurance across multiple track and field disciplines.


In addition to her athletic career, Joyner-Kersee has been a prominent advocate for community involvement, youth development, and health and fitness. She established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation to support underprivileged youth and encourage community leadership. Her legacy extends beyond her athletic achievements, as she continues to inspire and contribute to societal causes.





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