- Exhibition Label
- Born East St. Louis, Illinois
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sports Illustrated’s choice as the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” was featured on the cover of the September 1988 issue of Time magazine. As a highly decorated female athlete, Joyner-Kersee has won a total of six Olympic medals for the heptathlon and long-jump competitions, including three golds, one silver, and two bronzes. Although she was diagnosed with asthma as a college athlete, Joyner-Kersee refused to let her medical condition limit her success. She has competed in four Summer Olympiads and currently holds the world heptathlon record with an astounding 7,291 points. Joyner-Kersee retired in 2001 and now works toward improving the lives of families and children around the world as the founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation.
- Collection Description
- In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
- En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Gregory Heisler, born 1954
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, born 3 Mar 1962
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
- Chromogenic print on paper
- 45.7 x 39.2cm (18 x 15 7/16")
- Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")