olympic day

World-class athletes credit Olympic values, God

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic gold medalist in track, and Steve Cash, a Paralympic gold medalist in sled hockey, talked to young people at Olympic Day held at Washington University June 22. A run/walk on the track with the Olympians followed at Francis Field, site of the 1904 Olympics.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a native of East St. Louis, is widely considered among the greatest athletes of all time after winning multiple gold medals in the Olympics and setting a world record in the heptathlon in 1988 that still stands today.

But, speaking at an Olympic Day at Washington University June 22, Joyner-Kersee said that "what I stand for is not the gold medals. Those are materialistic. There is a reason I'm blessed. I put God first."

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