Jackie Joyner-Kersee Turns 52
Happy birthday, Jackie Joyner-Kersee! The legendary track and field star turns 52 today. Joyner-Kersee won six Olympic medals (three gold, one silver, two bronze) in the heptathlon and long jump in four Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996). At the 1988 Seoul Games, she took home double gold in the events. During her collegiate years at UCLA, Joyner-Kersee split her time between the track and the basketball court. Scoring 1,167 career points, she helped lead the Bruins to the 1985 NCAA tournament regional semifinals in her senior year. After the 1996 Olympics, the versatile athlete played briefly in the now-defunct American Basketball League for the Richmond Rage. She returned to track in 1998 and officially retired in 2000 after the Olympic trials. Since then, she has focused her energy on various charitable works, including the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, which helps youth, adults and families achieve a better quality of life. It places a special focus on her hometown of East St. Louis, Ill. She joined the USA Track & Field board in 2012 and remains heavily involved in the sport. She and Bob Kersee, her husband of nearly 30 years, live in California.