With the first ever Aurora Games coming to the Capital Region this August we were lucky to be joined by the Honorary Captain of the Americas team Olympic great Jackie Joyner Kersee. Kersee was great to speak to and we can see why she was chosen to represent the Aurora Games.

The Aurora Games press release sheds some further light on Kersee's achievements and the games.

Named by Sports Illustrated as the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” Joyner-Kersee dominated the Olympic heptathlon and long jump events throughout her illustrious career, which spanned four Olympic games and totaled six Olympic medals, three of them gold. She was the first woman in history to earn more than 7,000 points in the heptathlon and still holds the world heptathlon record she set more than 30 years ago at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She is a member of the board of directors for USA Track and Field, the national governing body of the sport.
 
“I am thrilled to be named as the honorary captain of Team Americas for the inaugural Aurora Games. This is an idea that is timely and an important development for showcasing women’s sports. To lead the team against Nadia and Team World makes it that much more exciting,” said Joyner-Kersee.