Jackie Joyner-Kersee is born

March 3

On March 3, 1962, Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the first woman to ever win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the heptathlon (1992).

Jackie Joyner-Kersee earned higher education from UCLA before pursuing a professional track career. Kerese made history at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, becoming the first woman to ever win two consecutive gold medals in the heptathlon.

Before retiring in 1998, Kerese earned a total of 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins gold in heptathlon, again – history. (n.d.). Retrieved February 1, 2023, from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jackie-joyner-kersee-wins-gold-in-heptathlon-again 

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