BGF Who Taught You? :: Attacked with rumors of drug use. Body over criticized as a result. Singled out for “extra, rigorous” drug testing because of rumors. Never found positive for any drug use. Remains the fastest woman in the world. Nails consistently on fleek. #FloJoTaughtMe #WhoTaughtYou #FlorenceGriffithJoyner #California #Running #BlackHerstory #VintageflyGirl #BlackWomen #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackGirlFly #BlackGirlFlyMag #ToHarrietWithLove #WhoTaughtYouBGF

DAY 9: “Black Female Athlete” Florence Griffith Joyner was named the “fastest women of all time” for a record set 25yrs ago and it has still not been beat. She was known for being very fashionable on the track wearing long acrylic nails and bright eyeshadow. She had a seizure & died in her sleep at just 38. #februaryphotochallenge #blackhistorymonth #florenceGriffithJoyner


Today is BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!! And I want to start off by celebrating the life and legacy of this AMAZING woman and athlete Florence “Flo-Jo” Delorez Griffith-Joyner (December 21 1959 - September 21 1998)

She was an American track and field athlete. She is known for setting and breaking world records that have still yet to be broken today. She was a 4x Olympic Gold Medalist( 3 times in Seoul, Korea 1988 for the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 meters relay and 1 in 1987 in Rome, Italy for 4x100 meters relay. 3x Olympic Silver Medalist for 1984 Los Angeles 200 meters, 1989 Seoul, Korea for the 4x400 meters relay, and 1987 in Rome, Italy for the 200 meters)

Griffith was born in Los Angeles, California, and she was raised in the Jordan Downs public housing complex. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style.Griffith ran track at Jordan High School in Los Angeles. As a senior in 1978, she finished 6th at the CIF California State Meet behind future teammates Alice Brown and Pam Marshall.[5] Griffith attended the California State University at Northridge, and she was on the track team coached by Joyner-Kersee’s future husband, Bob Kersee. This team also included her teammates Brown and Jeanette Bolden. However, Griffith had to drop out in order to support her family, and then she took a job as a bank teller. Kersee was then able to find financial aid for Griffith and she returned to college. After the season Kersee became the head coach of the track team at the University of California at Los Angeles, which prompted Griffith to also transfer there, since she was academically eligible to do so. In 1982, Griffith graduated from UCLA with her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Griffith finished fourth in the 200-meter sprint at the first World Championship in Athletics in 1983. The following year she gained much more attention, though mostly because of her extremely long and colourful fingernails, rather than the silver medal that she won in the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 1985, she won the 100-metre IAAF Grand Prix Final with the time of 11.00 seconds. After the 1984 Olympic Games, she spent less time running.

On October 10, 1987 Flo-Jo married the man of her dreams, track and field athlete, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist for Triple Jump Al Joyner, who is also the sister of another Olympic Gold Medalist(8 to be exact) and who’s also known as “the greatest athlete in the world!” Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The two met in 1980 at the Olympic trials registration and felt an instant connection. Al later start coaching Florence to 3 gold medals & 1 silver in the 100, 200,4x 100m relay and 4x400m relay.

On the date of my birth, September 17, 1988 “Flo-Jo” as the world knew her, won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In the 100-meter final, she ran a wind-assisted 10.54, beating her nearest rival Evelyn Ashford by 0.30 seconds. In the 200-meter semifinal, she set the world record of 21.56 seconds, and then she broke this record again in winning in the finals by 0.40 seconds with her time of 21.34 seconds.

At the same Olympics Griffith Joyner also ran with the 4 x 100 metres relay and the 4 x 400 metres relay teams. Her team won first place in the 4x100m relay and second place in the 4x400m relay. Their time is still the second fastest in history, following the winner of this race. This was her first internationally-rated 4 x 400-metre relay. Griffith Joyner was the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award of 1988 as the top amateur athlete (male or female) in the United States. She retired from competition shortly after that.

In November 13, 1990, Al and Florence Joyner welcome a beautiful baby girl into this world and names her Mary Ruth Joyner. You can see that Flo-Jo was not only born the be known as “the fastest woman in the world!” but also known as “the greatest mother in the world!” You can through every picture and videos we have seen with the Joyners that she loved and cherished every bit of being a mother! She shared a bond with her daughter that no one could break, even still to this day through death, we can still see Flo-Jo through Mary!

In 1996, Griffith Joyner appeared on the Charlie Rose show, and she announced her comeback to competitive athletics, only this time to concentrate on the 400-meter run. Her reason was that she had already set world marks in both the 100-metre and 200-metre events, with the 400 world record being her goal. Griffith Joyner trained steadily leading up to the U.S. Olympic trials in June. However, tendonitis in her right leg ended her hopes of becoming a triple-world-record holder. Al Joyner was to also attempt a comeback, but he too was unable to compete due to an injured quadriceps muscle.

During the year of the Summer Olympics after she won the Gold Medal for breaking the record for the 200 meter, there were rumors going around about her usage of drugs such as steroids to help her win each race that she won. Because of her body changes that she went through, for having more muscles in her body than usual, speculations brew about over the drug usage. Although these allegations were not true, Flo-Jo still handled what we call “The Haters” in an elegant and amazing style. Instead of speaking through her words, she spoke with her actions and proved that it was her own natural ability to win these relays and meter runs and it was not the use of steroids that helped her through. She kept her Faith in God and prayed before and after her runs, and her family also kept her uplifted so that she was able to see each race through! Flo-Jo was beautiful both inside and out, and not only was she known for setting and breaking records, she was also known for her long a colorful nails and her fashionable leotards!

Sadly, on September 21, 1998, Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep at home in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of Mission Viejo, California, at the age of 38. The unexpected and untimely death was investigated by the sheriff-coroner’s office, which announced on October 22 that the cause of death was suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure. She was also found to have had a cavernous hemangioma, a congenital brain abnormality that made Joyner subject to seizures.

Mrs. Joyner has left an amazing footprint in History and through her wonder and beautiful daughter Mary Ruth, her legacy will continue to live on!!

Starring at my box of letters & reading how much you loved me. Wish I could tell you I love you too. Rest In Peace Florence Griffith Joyner… Mommy… Flojo, I know your Running with the other Angel’s & Watching over me. Still wish you were here, May you Continue to Rest In Peace. 🙏December 21st,1959-September 21st,1998. 🙏 #IhateToday #ripmommy #ripflojo #FlorenceGriffithJoyner