Jackie Joyner Kersee

April 17, 2008

There is no way that you could start to talk about greatest female athletes without starting with Jackie Joyner Kersee. In fact, Kersee may be the ulitmate female athlete as she was a track superstar that specialized in the heptathlon. For those of you that do not know what the heptathlon is, it is a competition that includes seven events. The seven events are 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meter, long jump, javelin, and 800 meter race. This event is so demanding because one needs speed for the  short races, endurance for the long race, the abilitiy to jump for the high and long jump, and strength to shot put and throw a javelin. Not an easy task at all. However, Kersee made it look effortless on her way to gold medals in the event during the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

In a sport whose integrity has suffered dearly because of athletes taking performance enhancing drugs, Kersee had always maintained that she has stayed drug free and should serve as an inspiration to female athletes around the globe.


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