Jackie Jorner-Kersee

By: Jackie Cardenas

March 3rd, 1962 (age 51)

Jackie Jorner-Kersee was the first American to win a gold medal for the long jump and the first woman to earn more than 7,000 points in the seven-event-hepthanlon. She won three gold medals, a silver and two bronze.


Born March 3rd 1962 in East St.Louis Illinois. She won the National Junior Pentathlon champions four years in a row, and received widespread honors in high school in various sports, including track, basketball and volleyball.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee attended University of California at Los Angeles on a full scholarship, then continued to gain fame from both court and field. She graduated from UCLA in 1985.

Personal Life

Jackie married her couch, Bob Kersee in 1986. Bob trained Jackie's sister-in-law. Also Joyner-Kersee joined the board of USA track and field organization in 2013.

Quotable Quote

"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret." ~ Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee

I learned...

From learning about Jackie Joyner-Kersee I realized that you shouldn't give up up on something you really want to complete! Also that if people say you can't do something for some dumb reason you should do it anyways.

5 words that describe Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  • Smart
  • Athletic
  • Kind
  • Fast
  • Friendly

Five Facts About Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  • She was the first American to win a gold medal for the long jump.
  • She was born on March 3rd 1962.
  • She attended UCLA.
  • She had married Bob Kersee
  • Won six medals in total through out her career.

Resources I Used During this Project...

Jackie Joyner-Kersee - 1988 Olympic Heptathlon