Birth: December 21, 1959 in Los Angeles, California in the Jordan Downs Housing Project
Parents: Florence and Robert Griffith
Siblings: Flo Jo was 7th of 11 children
Education:Jordan High School, Los Angeles California (Class of 1978), University of California, Los Angeles, California (Class of 1982, Bachelor’s in Psychology) California State University, Northridge
Spouse: Al Joyner, 1984 Olympic triple jump gold medalist (1987-1998)
Children: Mary Ruth Joyner (b. Nov. 15, 1990)
Occupation: Track and Field Athlete (Retired in 1988 after 1988 Olympic Triumph); Assistant Coach at UCLA
Contributions, Accomplishments, and Achievements: Florence is considered the fastest woman of all time because the world records she set for both the 100m and 200m is yet to be broken, even 17 years after her untimely death.
|1973||Wins Jesse Owens National Youth Games|
|1981||Breaks American college record in World Cup 4×100-meter relay|
|1982||Wins NCAA championship in 200-meter run|
|1983||Wins NCAA championship in 400-meter run|
|1984||Wins silver medal for 200-meter run at Olympics|
|1988||Breaks women’s world record time for 100 meters|
|1988||Becomes first American woman to win four medals in one Olympics|
|1988||Named U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sportswoman of the Year|
|1988||Named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year|
|1988||Named UPI Sportswoman of the Year|
|1988||Named Track and Field magazine’s Athlete of the Year|
|1988||Named Jesse Owens Outstanding Track and Field Athlete|
|1988||Wins Sullivan Award for top amateur athlete|
|1995||Inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame|
Awards: James E. Sullivan Award (1988), Kids’ Choice Award For Favorite Female Athlete (1989), and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year (1988)
Other Facts About Flo Jo: Sister-in-Law to fellow athlete Jackee-Joyner Kersee and Bob Kersee, Jackie’s husband was Flo Jo’s Coach. Flo Jo was known for her unique fashion style on the field her lace, florescent, and sometimes one-legged outfits as well as her long, sometimes longer than four inches nails. She has a long history of running track since the age of 7. She was also an actress (appeared in the soap opera, Santa Barbara in 1992 as Terry Holloway a photographer and a guest appearance on the sitcom 227, writer (poetry, children’s books, and a romance novel), fashion model, designer and make-up (established clothing line and cosmetic business; she designed uniforms for the Indiana Pacers in 1989), and fitness professional.
Quotes about Flo Jo:
“Greatest female athlete of the 20th century”-James Montague, CNN
“[Florence Griffith Joyner] was someone who wanted to make a fashion statement, as well as do it while running so fast you could barely see the fashion,” says Phil Hersh of the Chicago Tribune on ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury series.
Flo Jo’s style set her apart in the athletic world and the rest of the universe, as well. No female track and field star had ever come out of the blocks looking like Flo Jo. And do not think the world did not take notice of this woman as stunning as any film actress in young black Hollywood or young white Hollywood for that matter. -Sunny Nash, Blogger
“Every time you see a woman in the 100 or 200 meters with make-up and nails, that’s Florence,” says Joyner of his wife’s legacy.
“We were dazzled by her speed, humbled by her talent and captivated by her style,” President Clinton said.
Death: September 21, 1998 at age 38 of an epileptic seizure in Mission Viejo, California
I salute this AMAZING HER-story sista!
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Flo Jo Helped Change Jim Crow Beauty Standards by Sunny Nash @ http://sunnynash.blogspot.com/2012/11/flojo-fastest-female-in-world.html
“Saving Flo-Jo: Taking Back A Legacy”-http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/10/sport/olympics-flo-jo-seoul/
Florence Griffith Joyner – Awards And Accomplishments – Named, Wins, Athlete, and Meter – JRank Articles http://sports.jrank.org/pages/1839/Griffith-Joyner-Florence-Awards-Accomplishments.html#ixzz3ah5SZf3n