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However, in 1981, at the age of 19, she began to focus on training for the Olympics, specifically for the heptathlon—an Olympic track-and-field event comprised of seven separate events, including the 200-meter run, 800-meter run and 100-meter hurdles. Regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as gold and bronze medals in the long jump in 19, respectively.
She is currently the heptathlon world record-holder, scoring 7,291 points—she's set a record in the heptathlon four times—at the Summer Olympics in 1988, and taking home a gold medal.
Joyner-Kersee thrived as a basketball and track-and-field star, however, and during her junior year, she set the Illinois high-school long jump record for women, with a 6.68-meter jump.
Joyner-Kersee attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a full scholarship, and continued to gain fame on both the court and field.
Joyner-Kersee's last Olympic run came in 1996, when she took home a bronze medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
She did not compete in the heptathlon that year due to a pulled hamstring.
She's ultimately won three golds, a silver and two bronze, making her the most decorated female athlete in Olympic track and field history. Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee was born on March 3, 1962, in East St. As a teen, she won the National Junior Pentathlon championships four years in a row, and received widespread honors in high school in various sports, including track, basketball and volleyball.
The huge mural painted on the side of the school – that wasn’t there either.
It shows Bolt striking the victory pose that has become his trademark, and which the world knows as the 'lightning bolt’, although Bolt himself calls it 'To Di World’, inspired by a Jamaican dancehall move.
She also won the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics and came first at the 1997 World Championships, in the 400 m event.
In 1998 Freeman took a break from running due to injury. By her early teens she had a collection of regional and national titles, having competed in the 100 m, 200 m, high jump and long jump.