52 famous Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quotes

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an American former track and field athlete who was ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon and long jump. She won three gold, two bronze Olympic medals and one silver in those two events at four separate Olympic Games. She was also voted for the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time by Sports Illustrated for Women magazine.

Moreover, she contributes through the board of Directors for USA Track and Field (USATF), which is the national governing body of the sport. Currently, she is an active philanthropist in children’s education, women’s right and racial equality. She was recognized broadly after founding the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation that inspires most of the youngsters in East St. Louis towards athletes and academics.

Similarly, she has been participating actively in technology as she partnered with Comcast to establish the Internet Essentials program in 2011. Apart from her career and profession, she has her quotes that are given below. You can choose your favorite one.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee on field
Jackie Joyner-Kersee on field

“There are few restrictions on your life with asthma, as long as you take care of yourself.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I’m doing and to be committed to whatever I’m doing and then let the results speak for themselves. Also to never take myself or people for granted and always be thankful and grateful to the people who helped me.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“We live in a world where sports have the potential to bridge the gap between racism, sexism and discrimination. The 2012 Olympic Games was a great start but hopefully what these games taught us is that if women are given an opportunity on an equal playing field the possibilities for women are endless.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Winning is great, but being able to finish my last Olympic Games on American soil was very important. Even though I was injured, I didn’t let my psyche get the best of me and cause me to doubt myself, so I was willing to pull every muscle in my body in ’96 to get the job done and I came away with the bronze medal.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I would like ‘I Dream of Genie’ powers.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Once I leave this earth, I know I’ve done something that will continue to help others.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m not shy. I’m modest, but I’m very outgoing.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Your environment doesn’t define you. I don’t have a lot of money, but I can help train people and I can talk to people. We can all be mentors to the next generation.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I don’t think there is a perfect athlete. But if I had to come close to picking someone who demonstrates all the traits that I feel an athlete should have, I would say the perfect athlete would be Tiger Woods. He has the ability, he’s humble and he’s very good at what he does.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“The London games mark the 24th anniversary of my winning two golds and setting the world record in the heptathlon. Someone is going to want it; records are made to be broken – it’s only a matter of time. I hope mine will outlive me.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“It’s important to me to try and expose young people to the things they believe are off-limits to them. I tell them, ‘There are no walls, only the ones we put up.’ My advice to young people looking at my life is not to follow my footprint but to go out there and make their own.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee with her husband
Jackie Joyner-Kersee with her husband

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Give back in some way. Always be thoughtful of others.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I might attempt Zumba. I haven’t yet, but I thought it would be a lot of fun and different.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’ve had asthma my entire life.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“What people need to know is that asthma isn’t a minor ‘wheeze-disease.’ It kills over five thousand people in America every year, and I could’ve been one of them.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I have this burning desire to get out there and do my best. It’s as if I’m keeping it all in a little bottle, and it’s all going to come out when I do the best I’m capable of doing.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“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.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I learned to listen and listen very well. It helped me athletically and in the classroom as well. The person who talks a lot or talks over people misses out because they weren’t listening.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I set my sights on making an Olympic team, not realizing how tough it was going to be.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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“I love track and field, but I also know the day will come when I will have to do something else.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Growing up in the time of Title IX – it was passed when I was 10 – I got a front-row seat to so many great moments in women’s sports. Of course I didn’t know it at the time.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m always challenged by someone.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Quality training is what I do now; before it was a combination of both quality and quantity. Now I’m not trying to be a world-class athlete, I don’t need to train at that level. It’s about being fit, fit for life.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m a realist and I always have been.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

37 motivational Wilma Rudolph Quotes

“I really do miss playing basketball. I don’t play a lot of pick-up games. But I do like using basketball as a form of cross training.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Teaching kids about health and fitness is important to me. It’s about being fit for life.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Even though I’m not a competitive athlete, I have to still maintain things and try to keep myself fit because I am at that age where I need to make sure to get those regular checkups and make sure everything is in tact.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“There are many women who came before me who didn’t really have the same opportunities that I have had. That’s why I always wanted to be a great ambassador – not only today’s generation – but for the women who really didn’t have a voice, but who paved the way for me.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee quote about her work
Jackie Joyner-Kersee quote about her work

“I learned to listen and listen very well. It helped me athletically and in the classroom as well.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“The person who talks a lot or talks over people misses out because they weren’t listening.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“When I started competing, you had to have your coach there. Now you can be coached from a home office via Skype or video. That’s not the same as having them on the field with you.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“People assuming that because I’m a great athlete, I can dance. But no. My rhythm is off a little bit.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

95 Inspiring Simone Biles Quotes

“There are a lot of other people that really play a significant role in helping you become an Olympian.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“As you grow older and young people come up to you with their history books, you realize that some of the things I have been able to do have been impactful. But for me, I try to keep everything in perspective and stay humble.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Some people are embarrassed to say they came from East St. Louis, Ill., but now more people want to claim it. I grew up in a community center and I knew what it gave me. I always knew I wanted to give back and help people because people helped me.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m a realist and I always have been. Quality training is what I do now; before it was a combination of both quality and quantity. Now I’m not trying to be a world-class athlete, I don’t need to train at that level. It’s about being fit, fit for life.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I’m more of a hands-on person. I like working with young people from the standpoint of providing support for the grassroots programs. State, national and Olympic champions begin at a grassroots level.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“When I was in elementary school, we weren’t allowed to do sports other than cheerleading. By junior high, they let us play, but we had to come back after 6:30 p.m. to practice because there was only one gymnasium and the boys used it first.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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“It wasn’t until I was 14 and watched the 1976 Olympic games on television that I really started to dream about the big time. I remember seeing Evelyn Ashford in the 100 meters, and she was going to UCLA.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Competing in both track and field and basketball for the Bruins I have a lot of great memories to choose from. But my all-time favorite moment in collegiate sports has to be in 1982 when we won UCLA’s first NCAA title in track.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 18 during my freshman year at UCLA. I refused to accept it – and I hid it from my coaches and teammates. But ignoring my problem didn’t make it go away.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

29 Bold and Inspiring Jim Ryun Quotes

“My denial and irresponsible attitude about asthma put me at great risk and caused me so much needless suffering. My hope is that the kids I talk to learn to open up about their asthma, become educated about their condition, and seek help.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“The 2012 London Olympic Games fostered a generation of hope. I witnessed women participating for the very first time, representing every nation.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“My passion for giving is no different than yours. I give because it’s in my heart to give. I give because I was taught to give at a very early age. This is how I developed my passion for giving.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“People assume that because I’m a great athlete, I can dance. But no. My rhythm is off a little bit.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Even at 10 or 12, I was a hot, fast little cheerleader.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I do not take steroids. I never have. It’s sad to me that people want to point fingers. I don’t do that. That’s not me. I wouldn’t feel like a human being.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I always have been trying to work on the other side of Jackie, and that is, making sure that my appearance, that my image, is right; also, working in the job world, knowing how it is to wake up and go to a job.”― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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