Florence Griffith Joyner
Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. Griffith-Joyner won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38.
About Florence Griffith Joyner in brief
Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is the fastest woman of all time. Griffith-Joyner won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38. She won the Jesse Owens National Youth Games two years in a row, at the ages of 14 and 15. She also won a silver medal in the 200-meter distance at the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style. She married Olympic triple jump champion Al Joyner, the Olympic triple-jump champion of the 1984 Games, in 1987. She ran the 100-meter sprint in a time of 11. 00 seconds at the 1987 World Championships in Rome. In 1988, she set a new world record in the 100 meter sprint. In February 1989, she abruptly retired. She was a pop culture figure through endorsement deals, acting, and designing. She had a daughter with her husband, who is now a lawyer. She has a son with her ex-husband, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and daughter with former President Bill Clinton, who lives in Washington, D.C. Griffith ran track at Jordan High School in L.A. and was on the track team coached by Bob Kersee. She finished sixth at the CIF California State Meet behind future teammates Alice Brown and Pam Marshall.
Griffith had to drop out of college to support her family, taking a job as a bank teller. In 1983, Griffith graduated from UCLA with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. The following year, Griffith qualified for the Olympics with the second fastest time at the United States Olympic Trials. She went on to win a silver medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics. After the 1984 Olympic Games, she spent less time running. She returned to running part-time in 1987 in April at the IAAF Grand Prix Final. Her success during the 1987 season resulted in her being ranked second in the world rankings and in the Track and Field News’ world rankings. Before the 1988 U. S. Olympic Trials, she ran the 10-second 100-second sprint at the 100 meters. She continued to run three days a week, but with her new coach, now in law, she continued to coach her new daughter. In 1987, she won the 100m sprint in 10 seconds 96 seconds. She set a world record of 10.00 seconds in the 50 meters at the 1990 World Championships. In 1991, she broke the world record for the 100 m sprint with a 10.02 second time. In 1992, she was ranked No. 1 in the women’s 100-m sprint. Griffith won a gold medal at the World Championship in Athletics in Rome in April 1987. In 1994, she became the first American woman to break the world records in both the 100 and 200 meters.