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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quotes: Track and Field Athlete

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, sister-in-law of Florence Griffith-Joyner, has been called the world"s greatest woman athlete.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee won more Olympic medals than any other woman in track and field events: three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. She competed in four Olympics in a row: 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996.

• Once I leave this earth, I know I"ve done something that will continue to help others.

• If a young female sees my dreams and goals come true, they will realize their dreams and goals might also come true.

• The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal.

• My grandma named me after Jacqueline Kennedy, hoping that someday I"d be the first lady of something.

• I don"t think there is anything I cannot do in athletics if someone showed me how.

• It"s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

• I think it"s the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.

• I like the heptathlon because it shows you what you"re made of.

• The medals don"t mean anything and the glory doesn"t last.

It"s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.

• It"s a challenge for me to beat myself or do better. I try to push out of my mind not what I"ve accomplished but what I want to do.

• I don"t think being an athlete is unfeminine.

I think of it as a kind of grace.

• I don"t need to act mean. Not if I do what I"m capable of.

• Ask any athlete: We all hurt at times. I"m asking my body to go through seven different tasks. To ask it not to ache would be too much.

• Age is no barrier. It"s a limitation you put on your mind.

• The happiest moment for me was the day my brother, Al, and I both won