Olympic Heroes Then and Now

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Then: Jackie Joyner-Kersee leaped over, ran past and threw out her competition in the 1988 and ’92 Olympic heptathlons, a series of seven events including hurdles, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put and sprints. She won the gold medal both years and set the world record for points—7,291—a score that’s still untouched.