Did you know? Sports Illustrated for Woman voted Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee the best Female Athlete of the 20th century; ESPN named her one of the 50 Greatest Athletes of all-time.
On Thursday May 21, 2015, I took advantage of a rare opportunity to chat exclusively with the Greatest Female Athlete of all-time, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The conversation focused on her career, life after sports and her OIC medical disorder.
Did you know? Jackie is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the Heptathlon; she is the first woman to score 7,000 points in the Heptathlon and the first woman to win an Olympic Gold in the Long Jump. Having competed in 4 consecutive Olympics, Jackie won 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze. As the story goes, her vision to open the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center was realized in 2000. The center provides educational and recreational activities to thousands of families, youth and adults by providing after-school tutoring, youth sports leagues, nutrition and health education as well as fitness and meals for seniors. Her autobiography, A Kind of Grace, has become a part of her motivational presentations which she delivers throughout the country as one of the great motivational speakers in the famous Speakers circuit. Now, her main life goal is to bring awareness and raise funds for causes and initiatives she is passionate about.
Be sure to check out the attached video of our conversation or transcribed version below:
Did you know? Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee trained for and competed at the highest possible level of sport over the course of a 20 year career – but an Olympic training regiment can take its toll on the body. To help pain, Jackie, like so many Americans, was prescribed opioid medication by her healthcare provider.
Joining me Tradina DeMary Baltimore Budget Events Examiner via atombash.com, I now present Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee to discuss her use of opioids to combat pain symptoms, and a side effect she experienced with chronic opioid use.
Tradina DeMary: What are you working on these days Jackie?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee: What I’m working on is, Um, doing a lot of motivational talk, help my community center in East, St. Louis and working with young people and families. Also a mentor to a lot of our track and field athletes and so that keeps me pretty busy.
Tradina DeMary: What kind of toll does competing at the level of an Olympic athlete take on your body?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee: You know over the years of training at the highest level and dealing with injuries that comes along with Athletics. And, sometimes you don’t want to accept it. But, it is what it is! And once I retired from athletics; I still had to deal with the pain of the residue of some of the injuries. So, working with my healthcare provider prescribed opioids to manage the pain. And, then taking those opioids and not really knowing what was going on. But, I wasn’t feeling like myself; sluggish, not as active as I would like, bloated at times, not going to the bathroom and when doctors said one of the common side effects of prescribed opioids is Opioid Induced Constipation(OIC). So, I teamed up with AstraZeneca, Daiichi, Sankyo to talk about, bring awareness to OIC and as well as encouraging people to talk to their healthcare provider about OIC.
Tradina DeMary: What do you recommend to others who may be experiencing OIC?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee: I would recommend them visiting the site ohisee.com and look at some of the stories, some educational things on there; you might see yourself in those stories and really go and have a conversation with their healthcare provider.
Tradina DeMary: Do you miss sports at all?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee: You know I, as someone that loved the sport. I do miss it but ,the reality of it is that the work that it takes to compete at that level, I don’t miss that. And again, we’re talking about the toll that it took on my body and the injuries that I had to endure over the years and now post my career that take my prescribed opioids to manage my pain. Yes I miss it and I wouldn’t change anything for the world but sitting here now I don’t want to get back out there and go thru that.
Tradina DeMary: Right, it was very informative talking to you and thank you for your time. Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Oh, Thank you.
Well, the interview went well and it was such a pleasure chatting with award winning Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the ultimate Track and Field star. Nevertheless, for more information about OIC awareness, click here.