Florence Griffith Joyner- Born: December 21, 1959 in Los Angeles, CA
Passed on: September 21, 1998 in Mission Viejo, California
Florence Griffith Joyner became an Olympic track and field champion during the 1988 Seoul games. It was then that the phenomenon known as "Flo Jo" emerged. With her flashy one-legged running outfits, long hair, and brightly painted fingernails, she captured four medals and the attention of the world with her speed, grace, and charm.
Athletically, Flo Jo elevated women's track to a higher level as she broke world records in the 100 and 200-meter events. This feat earned her the title "World's Fastest Woman." Perhaps as astonishing was Flo Jo's range of talents outside the track realm. She excelled in the fields of fashion design, abstract painting, acting, writing, sports casting as well as being a wife and mother. One of her most impressive achievements was her appointment as co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She was an eloquent spokeswoman who shared her expertise and enthusiasm for fitness with the nation.
Flo Jo's success is especially great when her beginnings are considered. She began her life in the projects of South Central Los Angeles. The values of independence and individualism were instilled in her household from an early age. When she was seven, Florence began running. She was a star athlete by adolescence, as well as a straight-A student. Flo Jo was a true role model. Her excellence in all endeavors inspired fans to achieve their own great heights. The image of Flo Jo, victorious, waving the American flag at the Seoul Olympics stands as a testament to this legend that defined the "American Sprit.
***FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER- FLO JO. 1959- 1998
Besides being a World Class Runner, Flo Jo also did
Abstract painting, Jewelry design Acting,and Poetry.
This is one of the few Abstract paintings she did.
Discovered in a storage unit near her home in Mission Viejo California
Acrylic on canvas. Signed.
Size- 60” x 50” framed.
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Griffith Joyner still holds world records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She set the 100-meter record of 10.49 seconds in the quarterfinals of the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis, and since then, no one has even broken 10.60. At Seoul, she won the gold medal in a wind-aided 10.54.
She captured three gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Games and set world records that still stand for 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Griffith Joyner set the world record in the 200-meter dash in the Olympic final, clocking in at 21.34 seconds. Marion Jones, with a 21.62 at the World Cup in South Africa and Merlene Ottey, with a 21.64 in Brussels, remain the only other women to run the 200m in under 21.70 seconds.
Griffith Joyner won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay, and just missed a fourth gold medal when the U.S. team won the silver in the 1,600 relay, which she anchored.
She was voted the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 1988, and she won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.
Griffith Joyner retired from track after the Seoul Olympics.
She served as co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.