Olympics: Regal Masters Of Olympic Versatility

Joyner-Kersee is at a place Thompson has known and strains to hold, where all you need is everything you've got

She is the standard this time. The Olympics will be considered a success if the course of international sweetness and light runs and jumps and generally glides along as smoothly as Jackie Joyner-Kersee. A third of a second late in 1984, she had to wait four full years for her time to come, to go flying leglong into Seoul like a streamer of confetti.

Dashing, racing, hurdling, hurtling, heaving cannon balls, slinging spears -- long jumping on the side -- Joyner-Kersee has at last reached the station her grandmother foretold 26 years ago in naming her after a First Lady of...

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