At age 14 in 1976 she watched the Olympics and became a big fan of U.S. sprinter Evelyn Ashford. She wanted to be just like her. Jackie decided to attend UCLA, as Evelyn did. Jackie got a scholarship to play basketball in college. She played basketball and ran track in college, but her heart was in running track.
After college she competed in the 1984 Olympics. She finished second,5 points behind the winner. She was disappointed, but didn't give up.
Her coach, Bob Kersee, wanted to make her the best female athlete in the world. They worked together everyday. They became more than friends, and got married in 1986.
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