Top 40 Athletes of the Title IX Era

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by some to be the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. Just 10 when Title IX was passed, she developed into an elite athlete at the beginning of a new era for women's sports. She embodied the identity of a female athlete, and was a role model for women all over the world. Joyner-Kersee won six medals over the span of four Olympics, including three gold in the heptathlon and long jump. At UCLA, Joyner-Kersee was a track and basketball star, scoring more than 1,000 points in her career.

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