All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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All-Time Ultimate Athletes: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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We're counting down the Top 10 male and female all-time Ultimate Athletes. Previously: Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Cheryl Miller, Ray Lewis, Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Allen Iverson, Bonnie Blair, Dave Winfield, Mary Decker Slaney, Jim Brown, Lisa Leslie, Joe Mauer, Mia Hamm and Bo Jackson.

2. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Was a state champion in track and basketball at East St. Louis, Ill., before becoming a three-time Olympic gold medalist, winning the heptathlon and long jump in 1988 and the heptathlon in 1992.

Why Her: Joyner-Kersee won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals in the heptathlon and long jump at four different Olympics. Sports Illustrated for Women voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century and UCLA honored her as one of the 15 greatest players in UCLA women's basketball history. Had a short-lived professional basketball career in the American Basketball League in 1996.

Ultimate Moment: Joyner-Kersee won gold medals in the heptathlon and the long jump at the 1988 Summer Games.

Funky Fact: Joyner-Kersee was named after Jackie Kennedy.

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