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Name:    Joyner-Kersee, Jackie
Profession:  Athlete
Category:  African-American Experience
Born/Started:    1962
Description:    Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the best female athletes of the 20th century. Born and raised in East St. Louis, she was a two-sport star at Lincoln High school and at UCLA. She went on to win six Olympic medals and set five world records in the heptathalon and the long jump. Her autobiography is titled, A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World´s Greatest Female Athlete. Returning to her hometown, she has also served as the chair of the St. Louis Sports Commission and led efforts to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Recreation center in East St. Louis.

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