They called her Super Woman for a reason! Born into poverty in East St Louis, Illinois, the multi-talented American raised the bar on what a female athlete was considered capable of. After winning a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Joyner-Kersee rocked the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, winning gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump (and setting a world record of 7,291 points in the heptathlon, which still stands today). She won the heptathlon once again at the 1992 Barcelona Games, also scoring a bronze in the long jump. At her final Olympics in 1996, Joyer-Kersee injured her hamstring and dropped out of the heptathlon -- but still took the bronze in the long jump, bandaged leg and all.