|Born||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Club||Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers|
|Now coaching||Bryan Smith|
|Achievements and titles|
|Highest world ranking||No. 8 – May 2005|
|Personal best(s)||3000 Steeplechase – 9:43.88|
|Updated on Aug 2014.|
Joanna Ankier is the British television personality and sports presenter, anchor and correspondent for “Beyond the Game” world sports show filmed out of Istanbul for TRT World and an ESPN sports reporter previously based in Los Angeles. She is a former British steeplechase athlete and holder of British national records for the 1500, 2000 and 3000 metre steeplechases.
Early life and education
Ankier grew up in north-west London and attended Henrietta Barnett School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nottingham where she majored in physics with a minor in philosophy. Ankier then furthered her post-graduate education at King's College London where she received a sports law diploma.
Ankier is a skilled pianist and cellist. In 2016, she joined Atlanta Braves shortstop Chase Darnaud and father / son duo Clayton and Sebastian Cages to form country rock and roll group, The Chasedarnaud band. Ankier plays acoustic and electric cello along with keyboard in the group which released their first full album "Seven Ghosts" on September 22, 2016.
Ankier is a former holder of the British National records for the 1500, 2000 and 3000 metre steeplechases. She trained at the UK Athletics' Endurance Centre at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and was a member of the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.
In 2005, she set the British record for the women's 3000 metre steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes 50 seconds, at the Naimette-Xhovémont track in Liege, Belgium on 20 July. After finishing 3rd in the European Cup at Leiria in Portugal she competed in the first ever Women's Steeplechase at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki where she finished 11th.
Ankier's UK rankings include:
- 'Under 20' 2,000 metres: 2001 – Number 1.
- 'Under 23' 1,500 metres: 2002 – 3rd.
- 'Under 23' 3,000 metres indoor: 2002 – 3rd.
- 1,500 metres indoor: 2002 – 12th; 2003 – 11th; 2004 – 21st; 2005 – 8th.
- 1,500 metres steeplechase: 2004 – Number 1.
- 2,000 metres steeplechase: 2001 – 3rd; 2003 – 7th; 2004 – 3rd.
- 3,000 metres: 2005 – 9th; 2006 – 4th.
- 3,000 metres indoor: 2004 – 14th; 2005 – 6th; 2007 – 4th; 2008 – 5th.
- 3,000 metres steeplechase: 2003 – 3rd; 2004 – 2nd, 2005 – 2nd; 2006 – 3rd; 2007 – 6th; 2008 – 4th.
- 2 miles: 2007 – 3rd.
- 10,000 metres: 2005 – 15th.
She retired from top level international athletics in 2008 and competed in only 3 events in 2009. Over the course of her ten-year athletics career she competed in 134 national and international events, winning 20 of them.
London Olympics video
In 2005, Ankier was chosen by the London 2012 Olympic Committee to star in the official video for the successful London Olympic Bid. In Sport at Heart she is pictured running through the sights of London inspiring locals and celebrities to "Back the Bid" and win London the Olympic Games.
Ankier's media career is primarily as a news and sports reporter, anchor and producer for TV channels including: ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel, The Tennis Channel, Chelsea FC, Sky Sports News, Liverpool FC, KDOC-TV, Los Angeles, Chivas USA (Major League Soccer), VICE News, TLN News and Vocative.
In 2011, Ankier hosted ESPN International's global red carpet show for the prestigious ESPY awards airing across the Europe, Caribbean and Pacific Rim regions.
In 2012, she anchored ESPN International's flagship show SportsCenter over the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her athletics background enabled her to record exclusive interviews with star athletes such as Oscar Pistorius and Alison Felix.
In 2013, she was the solo host and reporter for ESPN's PAC-RIM Australia and New Zealand coverage of the final X Games from Los Angeles. She went on to lead ESPN International's coverage of the Americas Cup sailing in San Francisco later that year.
In 2016, Jo covered her second Olympic games for ESPN as a reporter across track and field, soccer and tennis in Rio.
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- BBC Sport Academy. Masterclass with Jo Ankier
- Jo Ankier, official website – Personal profile
- Inside the Games Newsletter 04 – Top Stories This Week. Bell Lap, Here’s one for Becks Christmas socking... Page 16. PDF
- Power of 10 – Athletics database. Profile of Jo Ankier
- Jewish Chronicle, 25 July 2008, Jo Ankier fails Olympic bid, by Danny Caro
- IMDB. Cast credits for Sport at Heart
- London Olympic Bid – Official video. Ankier is the linking visual theme as she runs through London.