Athlete of the week

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee: American Athlete- Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century.
She had to fight with asthma disease she didn’t give up and she was a winner in many competition: gold medalist in heptathlon and long jump.

“I was always told as a young girl that if you had asthma there was no way you could run, jump, or do the things I was doing athletically. So, I just knew it was impossible for me to have it. It took me a while to accept that I was asthmatic. It took me a while to even start taking my medication properly, to do the things that the doctor was asking me to do. I just didn’t want to believe that I was an asthmatic.
“But once I stopped living in denial, I got my asthma under control, and I realized that it is a disease that can be controlled. But there were things I had to do to get it under control.”

Gold medal- 1988 Seoul Heptathlon
Gold medal – 1988 Seoul Long jump
Gold medal – 1992 Barcelona Heptathlon
Silver medal – 1984 Los Angeles Heptathlon
Bronze medal – 1992 Barcelona Long jump
Bronze medal – 1996 Atlanta Long jump

World Championships

Gold medal – 1987 Rome Long jump
Gold medal – 1987 Rome Heptathlon
Gold medal – 1991 Tokyo Long jump
Gold medal – 1993 Stuttgart Heptathlon

Pan American Games

Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis Long jump