Born December 21, 1959, Los Angeles, CA. Died September 21, 1998
The nickname "Flo-Jo" has become a term that stands by itself. It has come to denote blazing speed, grace, flair and awesome talent. "Flo-Jo" is, of course, Florence Griffith Joyner, who was to the 1988 Olympic Games what Wilma Rudolph was to the 1960 Olympic Games. Even before the 1988 Olympics, Flo-Jo was a world record holder.
Seoul merely confirmed her greatness. Her records set during those wild days of 1988 are standards that probably will prevail until the next century. She still holds the women's world records of 10.49 for 100 meters and 21.34 for 200 meters and no one has come close to threatening them. Her 10.49 at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis was one of the most eye-popping performances in track and field history. An outstanding sprinter before 1988, she was a silver medallist in the 200 at the 1984 Olympics and also medalled at the 1987 World Outdoor Championships, taking second in the 200 and running on the winning 4 x 100 relay team. It was at Seoul in 1988 when her talent was at its greatest. She won three gold medals (100, 200, 4 x 100) and one silver (4 x 400), setting a world record in the 200. It was "Flo-Jo's" golden moment and it will be tough to repeat. She won the Sullivan Trophy in 1988. She married Al Joyner, 1984 Olympic triple jump champion in 1987.