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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Track Star Tries Hoops

RICHMOND, Virginia () -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won Olympic gold medals in track and field in 1988 and 1992, will play in the new all-women's American Basketball League.


Joyner-Kersee, the league's co-founder and vice president Gary Cavalli, and Tammy Holder, general manager of the league's Richmond franchise, scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in St. Louis.


The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Cavalli and Holder confirmed that Joyner-Kersee will play for the league's Richmond Rage.


Joyner-Kersee and her track coach husband, Bob Kersee, watched the Rage practice a week ago at Randolph-Macon College in nearby Ashland.


Before she became an Olympic star, Joyner-Kersee was a four-year starter at the University of California-Los Angeles' women's basketball team.


She won the heptathlon in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and the gold medal in the long jump in 1988 Games. She won a silver medal in the long jump in 1992 and a silver in the heptathlon in 1984. She also won a bronze medal in the long jump in Atlanta last month despite competing with a muscle pull.