Considered by many to be the greatest female all-around athlete in history, Jackie Joyner-Kersee's achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals, and the still-standing world record of 7,291 points in the women's heptathlon.
Joyner-Kersee was a four-time Olympian who won long jump and heptathlon gold medals in 1988 and a heptathlon gold in 1992. She also earned heptathlon silver in 1984, along with long jump bronze in 1992 and 1996.
A four-time World Outdoor Championships team member, Joyner-Kersee won long jump gold medals in 1987 and 1991, and heptathlon gold in 1987 and 1993. She won the U.S. long jump title nine times, and the heptathlon national title on eight occasions, in addition to capturing the 100m hurdles crown in 1994.
During her career at the USA Indoor Championships, she won the 60m hurdles title in 1992, and the long jump national crown in 1992, 1994, and 1995. As a collegian at UCLA, Joyner-Kersee won the NCAA heptathlon title in 1982 and 1983.
The former long jump world record holder, she set the heptathlon world record four times and was a two-time 100mH U.S. record holder, four-time U.S. long jump record holder, two-time U.S. 60m hurdles record holder and six-time U.S. indoor long jump record holder. She is the current U.S. indoor 50mH and 55mH record holder. Joyner-Kersee, the first woman ever to break 7,000 points in the heptathlon, was world ranked three times in the 100m hurdles, 11 times in the long jump, including three No. 1 rankings, and 11 times in the heptathlon, six times at No. 1.
Among her many accolades, Joyner-Kersee won the 1986 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, as well as USA Track & Field's Jesse Owens Award in 1986 and 1987. In 1999, she was named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated for Women.
Since retiring, she created the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, which has a stated mission, "to instill youth in the Greater East St. Louis area with the dream, drive, and determination necessary to succeed in academics, athletics & leadership."
In 2007, she helped establish Athletes for Hope, along with other champions like Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali and Mia Hamm. According to its website, the organization aims to "educate, encourage and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes."