Give back in some way. Always be thoughtful of others.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

My denial and irresponsible attitude about asthma put me at great risk and caused me so much needless suffering. My hope is that the kids I talk to learn to open up about their asthma, become educated about their condition, and seek help.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

I'm more of a hands-on person. I like working with young people from the standpoint of providing support for the grassroots programs. State, national and Olympic champions begin at a grassroots level.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

It's better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

Teaching kids about health and fitness is important to me. It's about being fit for life.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

When I started competing, you had to have your coach there. Now you can be coached from a home office via Skype or video. That's not the same as having them on the field with you.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

There are many women who came before me who didn't really have the same opportunities that I have had. That's why I always wanted to be a great ambassador - not only today's generation - but for the women who really didn't have a voice, but who paved the way for me

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I'm doing and to be committed to whatever I'm doing and then let the results speak for themselves. Also to never take myself or people for granted and always be thankful and grateful to the people who helped me.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee

When I was in elementary school, we weren't allowed to do sports other than cheerleading. By junior high, they let us play, but we had to come back after 6:30 p.m. to practice because there was only one gymnasium and the boys used it first.

- Jackie Joyner Kersee