Jackie Kersee Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Mar 01, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
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About Jackie Joyner Kersee

Jacqueline Joyner Kersee is a former American athlete.
She is one of the all-time most outstanding athletes specializing in the heptathlon and long jump and even made a world record in Olympics. Jackie Joyner Kersee was voted the 'Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time' by the Sports Illustrated for Women magazine.
She is one of the members of the board of directors for U.S.A.T.F, USA Track, and Field which is the national governing body of the sport in the USA.

Jackie Joyner Kersee’s Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Jackie Joyner Kersee’s net worth?

American former track and field athlete, Jackie Joyner Kersee has a net worth of approximately $5 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Jackie Joyner Kersee?

Jakie Joyner Kersee is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.

How old is Jackie Joyner Kersee?

Born on March 3, 1962, Jakie Joyner Kersee is 60 years old.

Childhood And Education

Jacqueline Joyner Kersee was born in East St. Louis Illinois, Mississippi to her parents, Mary and Alfred Joyner. Jackie was the second child in the family. Her sibling Al is also an Olympic champion. Her father worked as a construction worker on the railroad, and her mother was a nurse's aide to support the family. Jackie's grandmother named her after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady of the United States.
Starting from the age of 14, Jackie Joyner Kersee won four consecutive times in the junior pentathlon championship. At Lincon High School, Jackie excelled as a basketball player.
Jackie Hoyer Kersee got a basketball scholarship which helped her get admission to UCLA. For four years, she was starting forward for the Burns.
Joyner is one of the 15 best basketball players of all time at UCLA.
In 1986, Jackie Joyner Kersee graduated with her bachelor's degree in history. After graduating from UCLA, Jackie prioritized track and field. She won the gold medal in the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Jackie Joyner Kersee’s partner?

Jackie Joyner Kersee got married to Bob Kersee on January 11, 1986, and they have been happily married for 26 years. Bob Kersee was also her track coach who trained for the Olympics.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Jackie Joyner Kersee is an ex-American athlete and is one of the most remarkable female athletes ever.
She was the first athlete to acquire more than 7,000 points in the women's heptathlon. Joyner started equipping for the women's heptathlon in 1981 under the guidance of Bob Kersee, who was an assistant track coach and later became her husband.
Jackie Joyner Kersee participated in the 1984 Summer Olympic games held in Los Angeles, aspiring to earn the gold medal, despite suffering from a hamstring injury. She won the silver medal and missed the gold medal by a slim margin of just five points. In 1986, Jakie Joyner Kersee rose as a heptathlon champion in the Goodwill Games held in Moscow by achieving a world record, she scored 7,148 points.
Jackie Joyner Kersee achieved the women's heptathlon world record of 7,291 points when she won the Olympic gold medal in 1988 in the Olympics held in Seoul for the fourth consecutive time. In 1992 in Barcelona, she was the only athlete to have won four times successively. Her last performance at the Olympic games was at the Olympic games held in Atlanta in 1996, in the long jump category where she achieved a bronze medal, and an injury in her hamstring compelled her to withdraw from the game.
She had to leave the team through her first season to participate in the indoor long jump competition. She aspired to compete in the Olympic games for the fifth time in 2000, but she could not qualify for the U.S. Olympic trials. She retired the next year and had focused on charity work for young aspiring athletes.

Charity Work

Jackie Joyner Kersee retired at the age of 38, after retirement from sports, her goal was to help children from underprivileged backgrounds. Jackie Joyner Kersee is the founder of the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation and is also a donor to the cause of children's schooling, racial equality, and women's rights. The foundation facilitates young individuals in East St. Louis to achieve greatness in athletics, leadership, and academics.
Jackie also helped create Athletes for hope, alongside athletes like Mia Hamm and Muhammad Ali to help the underprivileged section of the society.
Jackie also attended a charity event called the Andre Agassi Foundation which helps the Las Vegas Underprivileged community by providing funds for children's education.

What awards has Jackie Joyner Kersee won?

Jackie Joyner Kersee has won three gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals in four different Olympic games. Jackie also won four gold medals in World Championships.
In 1986, Jackie Joyner Kersee also won the James E. Sullivan Award. The Sullivan Award was presented to Jackie for being an outstanding Amateur athlete by the Athletic Union.
In 1987, Jackie was awarded the Associated Press 'Female Athlete of the Year'.
In 1992, Jackie was presented the Glamour 'Woman of The Year' award.
Jackie was awarded the Jesse Owens Award in 1986 and 1987 for being the most promising track and field athlete in the US.
In 1983 and 1985 Jackie Joyner Kersee won the Broderick Award.
In 1997 Jackie was awarded the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award.
In 2000 Jackie became a St. Louis Walk of Fame inductee.
Jackie Joyner Kersee was initiated as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2005 and was awarded, the highest honor of the State by the Governor of Illinois for Sports, the Order of Lincoln.
In 2010 Jackie was an NCAA Silver Anniversary Awards honoree.
In 2011 Jackie was presented the Dick Enberg Award by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).

Jackie Joyner Kersee’s Hobbies And Interests

Apart from basketball and track and field, Jackie Joyner Kersee was enthusiastic about any kind of sport or activity, she also liked volleyball and dance.

Other Interesting Jackie Joyner Kersee Facts And Trivia

Jackie Joyner Kersee is one of the most notable athletes to have overcome severe asthma.
Jackie has authored two books, 'A Woman's Place Is Everywhere', and has also written an autobiography named 'A Kind Of Grace'.
The female athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of Jackie's heroes, she was very inspired by her.
She set the world record of being the first woman to score more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon.
In the 1996 Olympics, it was likely that Jackie would have won a medal in the heptathlon but due to an injury, Jakie had to withdraw.
Al Joyner, Jackie Joyner Kersee's brother married Florence Griffith-Joyner who is also an amazing track and field athlete.
The East St. Lois born track star also played professional basketball in 1996.

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Jackie Kersee Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Jackie Joyner

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

East St. Louis



178 cm





Net Worth



Bob Kersee


Alfred Joyner, Mary Joyner


Al Joyner
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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