Let’s take a minute to remember Flo Jo, an Olympic icon.
Florence Delorez Griffith Joyneris an American athlete who competed in track and field in the late 1980s. She is known as
the fastest woman of all time. The world records in 100 m and 200 m she set in 1988 in Seoul still stand and nobody has seriously challenged it yet. Flo Jo is also known for her beauty and flashy personal style. She died in 1998
in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure, but she still lives in our hearts.
I can’t tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I’m Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn’t change how you look and how people perceive you.
“Whatever I am to these girls, I’m happy to be. The bun is something that, if your hair is long enough, anyone can do. That’s a connection to make with young runners. Rather than tweeting out, ‘Just ran 100 miles this week’ - not healthy for them, anyway - why not a picture of my hair?”
“Six months after hosting South America’s first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues – some of which have been looted – sit mainly idle and already in disrepair, raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city and its residents.
The iconic stadium has fallen into a state of abandonment and has been closed to tourists due to a dispute between the stadium operators, the Rio state government, and Olympic organisers over $1m in unpaid electricity bills and management of the venue.”