Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJackie Joyner Kersee
IN THE NEWS

Jackie Joyner Kersee

FEATURED ARTICLES
ARTICLES BY DATE
HEALTH
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape. But many kids and families today face challenges involving time, money and lack of education about how to stay fit. That's why Joyner-Kersee became involved in the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Joyner-Kersee is a former member of the club)
Advertisement
SPORTS
February 4, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER
After finishing second in her first indoor race of the season, Jackie Joyner-Kersee will attempt to win the 55-meter hurdles in the Mobil 1 Invitational track meet today at George Mason University. LaVonna Martin, a former Tennessee star, defeated Joyner-Kersee in the Millrose Games Friday night in New York. Martin was timed in 7.41 seconds; Joyner-Kersee clocked 7.47. Most of the athletes who competed in the Millrose Games will take part in today's meet in suburban Washington, D.C.
SPORTS
April 24, 2001
It is her monument, better than any medals or trophies, better than awards or honors or tributes. The money was raised by her foundation, the building was built by her foundation, the computers and tutors paid for by the money her name attracts. But Jackie Joyner-Kersee giggles and says shyly that she can't quite figure out how often to visit the new community center in her hometown of East St. Louis, Ill. "You don't want to show up all the time and seem like some big shot," she says.
SPORTS
May 23, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jackie Joyner-Kersee shattered her American record in the women's long jump with a leap of 24 feet 7 inches at the New York Games on Sunday. Her old mark was 24-5 1/2, set in 1987. Joyner-Kersee dedicated her performance to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who died Thursday. "My great grandmother gave me the name Jacqueline," Joyner-Kersee said. "She said someday I would be the First Lady of something."
SPORTS
April 24, 2001
It is her monument, better than any medals or trophies, better than awards or honors or tributes. The money was raised by her foundation, the building was built by her foundation, the computers and tutors paid for by the money her name attracts. But Jackie Joyner-Kersee giggles and says shyly that she can't quite figure out how often to visit the new community center in her hometown of East St. Louis, Ill. "You don't want to show up all the time and seem like some big shot," she says.
SPORTS
January 21, 1989 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Put her on a long jump runway, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee is in her element. Put her in the starting blocks with nothing but 60 yards of plywood between her and the finish line, and the world's greatest female athlete suddenly feels rather clumsy. "I got in there with all those tiny sprinters and I was this big thing," Joyner-Kersee said. "I felt like a big old Clydesdale. I get self-conscious."
SPORTS
September 2, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
There was every reason to believe that Jackie Joyner-Kersee would break her own heptathlon record Tuesday night at the World Track and Field Championships at Olympic Stadium. As for winning the gold medal, that was a foregone conclusion. She was so far in front of the other heptathletes after the first day of competition Monday, she would have had to withdraw not to win. Joyner-Kersee won all right, but she didn't break the record as expected.
SPORTS
July 21, 1992 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After the East St. Louis High girls' basketball team won the Illinois state title, a man approached the star player, extending his hand. The girl responded by smiling and reaching out. The fan shook young Jackie Joyner's hand, but in her grip she felt something. Could it be a bill, money? Joyner didn't bother to look. She turned and walked away from the man and his money.
HEALTH
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape. But many kids and families today face challenges involving time, money and lack of education about how to stay fit. That's why Joyner-Kersee became involved in the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Joyner-Kersee is a former member of the club)
SPORTS
July 15, 2000 | RANDY HARVEY
I believed I wanted to see Jackie Joyner-Kersee compete again, just like I believed I wanted to see Orel Hershiser pitch again for the Dodgers. In retrospect, I was wrong on both counts. I don't necessarily blame myself. To have believed otherwise would have forced me--prematurely, of course--to confront my own aging, even my own mortality. I didn't become a sportswriter to do that. You know what I really wanted? I wanted to see Hershiser pitch again like he did in 1988.
SPORTS
June 26, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, hurtling down the runway out of retirement and into the long jump pit at the U.S. Olympic trials? On one level, it seems part lark and part pipe dream: Joyner-Kersee is now 38, has been out of competition for two years, has already been inducted into the pantheon as Track & Field News' female athlete of the century--the 20th Century, the one we just finished. This is 2000, Jackie. Relax. Take the summer off. You have nothing else to prove.
SPORTS
July 25, 1999
If fame is catching, then sprinter Angela Williams should eventually be one of the best. The 19-year-old Williams, one of the youngest members of the U.S. track and field team at the Pan American Games, has received advice and inspiration from three of the sport's greatest women athletes--Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers. The first brush with the late FloJo came in 1992, when Williams was 12 and already showing signs of her natural speed.
SPORTS
November 1, 1998 | DIANE PUCIN
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was standing on the playground of a parochial grade school near Mission Viejo last week. She was watching a precocious, athletic 7-year-old do twists and turns on a jungle gym during recess. The third-grader, Mary Ruth Joyner, is Joyner-Kersee's niece. As Joyner-Kersee watched the little tumbler, she said, "I got tears in my eyes. I couldn't help it. In all the time that I knew Florence, it seemed like she always had kids around her. Nieces and nephews and godchildren.
SPORTS
July 25, 1998 | Associated Press
A brief bio of Jackie Joyner-Kersee: * Date of birth: March 3, 1962. * Place of birth: East St. Louis, Ill. * Height: 5 feet 10 inches. * Weight: 150 pounds. * High school: Lincoln High, East St. Louis, 1977-80. * College: UCLA, 1980-83 and 1985, on basketball scholarship. * Marital status: Married Bob Kersee on Jan. 11, 1986. THROUGH THE YEARS 1982: Won heptathlon in NCAA and USA Championships. 1983: Repeated as NCAA heptathlon champion.
SPORTS
July 25, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
Jacqueline Joyner was born 36 years ago in East St. Louis, Ill. Her grandmother suggested the first name because she believed her granddaughter, like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, would become "the first lady of something." That would be track and field, which Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated between 1986 and '96, becoming recognized as the world's greatest female athlete. It is arguable that you could drop the word female and still be accurate.
SPORTS
May 14, 1988
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record-holder in the heptathlon and long jump, and former USC hurdler Tonie Campbell will compete in the Occidental Invitational tonight at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. Field events will start at 5 p.m., running competition at 6. The UCLA men's team will also be represented, with sprinters Henry Thomas and Mike Marsh entered in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
SPORTS
July 25, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
Jacqueline Joyner was born 36 years ago in East St. Louis, Ill. Her grandmother suggested the first name because she believed her granddaughter, like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, would become "the first lady of something." That would be track and field, which Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated between 1986 and '96, becoming recognized as the world's greatest female athlete. It is arguable that you could drop the word female and still be accurate.
SPORTS
July 23, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY, From Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. men's 1,600-meter relay team broke a five-year-old world record Wednesday, then was outdone by Jackie Joyner-Kersee in a stirring finish to her last heptathlon. Joyner-Kersee, who is ending her athletic career Saturday with a long jump competition in a meet near her home in St. Louis, entered the final event of the four-day Goodwill Games track and field competition, the heptathlon 800 meters, with a 46-point lead over fellow American Dedee Nathan.
SPORTS
November 6, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Sports Illustrated for Kids Show" Where: CBS When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. Maybe a kid should critique this show, since it is tailored for kids. But even an adult can appreciate the values this show teaches.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|