“Your dreams deserve a try… the sky’s the limit!” – Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)
Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as “Flo Jo,” was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 1959. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Joyner won a silver medal in the 200-meter run. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Joyner took home three gold medals and a silver. Flo Jo died unexpectedly in September 1998, at age 38, after suffering an epileptic seizure. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events.
Photo: American runner Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith Joyner with her four medals, won at the 1988 Summer Olympics. She won gold in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100 meter relay, and silver in the 4x400 meter relay. © Durand; Giansanti; Perrin/Sygma/Corbis