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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Amazing Women Project

Kylee Marlay

on 12 December 2012

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee By:Kylee Marlay
Period 1
December 11, 2012 Introduction The first ever record-breaking long jumper in the United States? It was Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a girl that came from nothing. Jackie didn’t only do track and field, she also played basketball. Out of all of it, she started as a dancer before she was a runner or basketball player. Family and Childhood Jacqueline Joyner was born on March 3,1962 to teenage parents. Jackie grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her grandmother named her Jacqueline after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie grew up in a dangerous neighborhood. When her brother Al, and her were children they said they were going to make it out and try for the Olympics. When she was a child a safe place for her to play was the Mary E. Brown Community Center, that is where she first loved to play sports. Education Jackie did well in school and got one of the highest grades in her class. After high school, Jackie earned a basketball scholarship to UCLA. When Jackie was a freshman in college her mom got sick. UCLA started Jackie as the forward for the basketball team. Jackie finished top ten of her graduating class. After Jackie graduated from UCLA, she started training for the 1988 Olympics. Struggles and Obstacles Jackie came from nothing and started working for what she wanted, which was to go to the Olympics. 1983, Jackie had found out that she had asthma, but that didn’t stop her. In 1984, Jackie hurt her leg in a race and had to wait for it to heal before running again. Also in 1984, Jackie lost the gold medal by a fraction of a second. Her mom died at age 38, that pushed Jackie to do better and do it not only for herself, but for her mom. Jackie found a way to control her asthma so she could train for the Olympics. She took different medications and between races she would sit and do breathing exercises. Jackie won the award for the Sullivan Memorial Trophy. 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea Jackie won two gold medals. In 1992, Olympics she won another gold medal in the heptathlon. 1996, Olympics, Jackie won the bronze medal in the long jump. Remarkable Facts Miscellaneous Facts When Jackie was in high school a sportswriter named her finest athlete in Illinois. After college, Jackie married Bob Kersee her college track coach. Jackie loved trying to set new records for the Olympics. 1988 Olympics, Jackies long jump was 24 feet three and a half inches long. Jackie was the first american to ever win a gold medal in the long jump. Jackie has now returned to the first sport she has ever loved, playing professional basketball. http://youtu.be/_Z-QfDiV2XA Works Cited
805Bruin. Jackie Joyner-Kersee - 1988 Olympic Heptathlon. YouTube. YouTube, 11 Nov. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. <http://youtu.be/_Z-QfDiV2XA>.
Amis, John. “Jackie Joyner-Kersee.” AP Images. Associated Press, n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2012. <http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Jackie%20Joyner-Kersee&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=14&kwstyle=and&adte=1354891799&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=14dc2daaf02e4685838410098d7c23ff&dbm=PY2012&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo>.
Burby, Liza N. Jackie Joyner-Kersee Record-Breaking Runner. N.p.: Rosen Publishing Group, 1997. Print.
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Lennihan, Mark. “Jackie Joyner-Kersee.” Ap Images. Associated Press, 21 July 1998. Web. 7 Dec. 2012. <http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Jackie%20Joyner-Kersee&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=14&kwstyle=and&adte=1354891799&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=713224fd82e6da11af9f0014c2589dfb&dbm=PY2000&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo>.
Warshaw, Todd. “Jackie Joyner-Kersee.” AP Images. Associated Press, 8 Jan. 2002. Web. 7 Dec. 2012. <http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Jackie%20Joyner-Kersee&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=14&kwstyle=and&adte=1354891799&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=96369c4a65e5da11af9f0014c2589dfb&dbm=PY2002&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo>. Conclusion I have learn a lot from Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The biggest thing I have learned is that you have to work for what you want, you can’t just have it handed to you. Jackie worked for what she wanted and she has been in the Olympics and is now playing professional basketball. She is truly an amazing women in history. Interview 1)How hard was it to get where are you today?Answer: I had to work for it, it wasn’t just magically going to come to me.
2)Why did you return to professional basketball?Answer: It was the first ever sport that I loved to play when I was a kid.
3) Why was the long jump your favorite event it the heptathlon?Answer: It was my best event and I loved it.
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