Florence “Flo Jo” Delorez Griffith-Joyner: The Fastest Woman In the World

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Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee US  Olympic Medalists  October 10, 1988 X 37088 credit:  Peter Read Miller - contract
Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee US
Olympic Medalists
October 10, 1988
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credit: Peter Read Miller – contract
Flo Jo and Husband Al
                                                                Flo Jo and Husband Al
Flo Jo Daughter, Mary and Husband, Al
  Flo Jo Daughter, Mary and Husband, Al
Flo Jo, Al, and very young Mary
Flo Jo, Al, and very young Mary

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!
Sources:

ESPEN Classics http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Griffith_Joyner_Florence.html

Florence Griffith-Joyner Bio Wikipedia

Florence Griffith-Joyner Bio Biography

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

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10 thoughts on “Florence “Flo Jo” Delorez Griffith-Joyner: The Fastest Woman In the World

  1. I used to watch her races. She was like a bullet!! A true Olympic inspiration for young girls. She left us way too soon. I always thought it was a bit strange how she died. But that’s another discussion. She was a great champion. A real life Wonder Woman. She is still very much missed. 😦

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    1. I agree she was/is a very beautiful and inspiring real life wonder woman. She caught a lotta hell til her death from people believing that she was drugging; they even say that is why she all of a sudden quit track and field. She stopped because she wanted to start a family with Al. She was willing to take multiple drug tests to prove that her speed was indeed god given. She had nothing to hide and her husband still defends her legacy to this day (might I add he is now married to a white woman w/2 biracial children, lol).

      As for her death, I knew something was MIGHTY strange for a young energetic athletic woman like that to just suddenly drop dead. PrinceRay of In Search of Black Assassins covered her death in one of his post and it was the work of you know who. They couldn’t have her present such BLACK beauty, grace, strength, and speed to the world.

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      1. Yes I read Princeray post on Flo Jo. That brother does amazing research. I’ve learned so much from his blog. I’ve told many others about his blog. Some have a hard time dealing with the subject matter. It’s too deep for some pekoe because he exposes the “behind the scenes” aspect. And many black people have a hard time realizing many black celebs and politicians have sold out for fortune and fame. But if we want to beat the system of WS we must call out the sellout negroes among us. I am not scared of the truth. Others run from it because it hurts too much.
        Princeray did a great interview on the Cows radio program about four years ago. Do you ever listen to it? I’ve called the show a few times. I’ve spoken with Trojan Pam and the host Gus on the show.
        So Flo Jo’s husband married a white woman?? What the hell?!lol I didn’t know that. So sad. Thanks for the info. You really know your info OW13. You’re like an encyclopedia.lol

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  2. @Kushite Prince

    Prince Ray’s blog is very detailed and insightful to understanding what going on behind the scenes. I’ll try to find his interview on the COWS and listen to it one day. Yes, many black people can’t understand that the black celebs and politicians are of NO use to the rest of us. They are puppets and or pawns to help usher in the NWO.

    I love to research; I guess I can say that it is one of my hobbies, lol. I found the info about Flo Jo’s husband while researching for this post and yes how sad. But one thing I applaud him for is that he still defends her legacy.

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    1. @KP
      One more thing, unfortunately the pale degenerates got Truth’s blog suspended. Ain’t that a bitch, hopefully she can possibly get her blog back up. I’m going to email her as ASAP to find out what’s up.

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      1. Yeah some bloggers told me about it. It’s so wrong! These racist devils hate when the truth is spoken. Let me know what’s up with her. I hope she’s okay. Tell her to keep pushing and don’t let this stop her. Tell her to keep her spirits up. She’s a strong woman.

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      1. I will. I hope she can re gain her blog or start over soon, she’s one of my top favorite bloggers. Really hope to hear from her ASAP.

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