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Olympic medal record
Women's Athletics
Gold 1988 Seoul 100 m
Gold 1988 Seoul 200 m
Gold 1988 Seoul 4x100 m
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 200 m
Silver 1988 Seoul 4x400 m

Florence Griffith-Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo (December 21, 1959September 21, 1998) was an American athlete, still holder of the World Records in the 100 m and 200 m as of 2006. She was the wife of track star Al Joyner and the sister-in-law of Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Athletics has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics. ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Audio samples composed by John Williams: Olympic Fanfare (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Olympic Theme (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Problems playing the files? See media help. ... Athletics Medal Winners at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Mens medal winners Women’s Medal Winners External links Zola Budd Categories: ‪1984 Summer Olympics events‬ | ‪Athletics at the Olympics‬ ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Look up Athlete in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... World records in athletics (track and field) are ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federations. ... (Redirected from 100 m) 100m is the classic sprint race distance. ... 200m is a sprint running event. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Al Joyner was born January 19, 1960 in East St. ... Jackie Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962) is a retired American athlete, ranked amongst the all-time greatest heptathletes. ...


Already fast at an early age, Los Angeles born Delorez Florence Griffith finished fourth in the 200 m at the inaugural World Championships in 1983. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The inaugural World Championships in Athletics were run under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations and were held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland between August 7 and August 14. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following year, she gained much more attention, though mostly because of her extremely long and colorful fingernails rather than her silver medal in the Los Angeles Olympics 200 m. A silver medal is a medal awarded to the second place finisher of contests (typically athletics competitions) such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. ... Audio samples composed by John Williams: Olympic Fanfare (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Olympic Theme (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Problems playing the files? See media help. ...


After these Olympics, Griffith spent less time running and married 1984 Olympic triple jump champion Al Joyner. Returning at the 1987 World Championships, she finished second in the 200 m again. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The triple jump is an athletics (track and field) event, previously also known as hop, skip and jump, whose various names describe the actions a competitor takes. ... Al Joyner was born January 19, 1960 in East St. ... The 2nd World Championships in Athletics under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations were held in the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy between August 28 and September 6. ...


She stunned the world when—known as a 200 m runner—she ran a new 100 m World Record of 10.49 in the quarter-finals of the US Olympic Trials. Every event on that day measured excessive wind speeds and this lead many later suggested the wind meter in the stadium malfunctioned during the race, but the record is still recognized. Al Joyner, her coach stated that he believed the 10.49 run to be wind aided as well. Flo-Jo never ran faster than 10.61 without excessive wind assistance that season. A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ...


Known by the world as "Flo-Jo", Griffith-Joyner was the big favorite for the titles in the sprint events at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In the 100 m, she ran a (wind-assisted) 10.54 in the final, beating her nearest rival Evelyn Ashford by 3 tenths of a second. In the 200 m, she set a new world record of 21.34, winning by .4 seconds. Griffith-Joyner was also a runner in both the 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m relay teams. She won a gold medal in the former event, and a silver in the latter, her first international 4 x 400 m relay. Her effort in the 100m was ranked 98th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002. She was the 1988 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Evelyn Ashford (born April 15, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American athlete, the 1984 Olympic champion in the 100 m. ... Gold Medal is an album by American band The Donnas, released in 2004. ... The 100 Greatest Sporting Moments was a British television programme in the 100 Greatest / 100 Worst strand on Channel 4. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States. ...


During her 1988 breakthrough year, Griffith-Joyner was dogged by rumors of drug use. Some of her track competitors insisted that her times could only be the result of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, mainly because her performance improved dramatically over a short period of time (and when she was rather old for a sprinter).[citation needed] Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are a class of natural and synthetic steroid hormones that promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of several types of tissues, especially muscle and bone. ...


To add to that controversy Flo-Jo retired from competitive track and field right after her Olympic victories. Many have jokingly claimed that if she could just jog 100m her appearance fees and endorsement contract would be worth multiple millions during 1989. 1989 was the beginning of the out of competition doping controls. Prior to 1989 athletes could only be caught doping during competition. It was known that many athletes used performance enhancing drugs during training and allowed sufficient time for the drugs to pass through the system before competition. Nonetheless, no evidence of performance enhancing drug use by Florence Griffith Joyner has ever been found.


Among the things she did away from the track was design the basketball uniforms for the Indiana Pacers. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Death

In 1998, Griffith Joyner died in her sleep at her home in Mission Viejo, California. On October 22, the sheriff-coroner's office announced the cause of death as: "1) positional asphyxia 2) epileptiform seizure 3) cavernous angioma, left orbital frontal cerebrum".[1] 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Official website: http://www. ... Positional asphyxia, also known as postural asphyxia, is a form of asphyxia which occurs when someones position prevents them from breathing adequately. ... This article is about the medical term, epileptic seizure, as distinct from psychogenic non-epileptic seizure. ... // Incidence of Occurrence and Symptoms Cavernous Angioma, also known as cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM), cavernous haemangioma, and cavernoma, is a vascular disorder of the central nervous system that may appear either sporadically or exhibit autosomal dominant inheritance. ...


The cavernous angioma referred to a brain abnormality discovered during the autopsy that made Joyner subject to seizures. It is in fact, a congenital defect, having developed at birth.[2] In 1990 she had, according to a family attorney, suffered a grand mal seizure and had been treated for seizures in 1990, 1993 and 1994. This article is about the medical term, epileptic seizure, as distinct from psychogenic non-epileptic seizure. ...


The cause of death in effect said that she had suffocated in her pillow during a severe epileptic seizure. This is contrary to the many unsubstantiated claims that doping had cause her early death.


They also had named an elementary school located in the Watts area of Los Angeles soon after her death.


Footnotes

  1. ^ Kristina Rebelo Anderson. The Uneasy Death Of Florence Griffith Joyner. salon.com.
  2. ^ "Seizure was brought on by a congenital defect in Griffith Joyner's brain". BBC.

External links

  • Official website
  • IAAF profile for Florence Griffith-Joyner
  • Florence Griffith Joyner's U.S. Olympic Team bio
  • Florence Griffith Joyner at Find-A-Grave
  • 100 m WR run in Olympic Trials at 10.49 (video)
  • 200 m WR run in Seoul Olympics at 21.34 (video)
Olympic medalists in athletics (women) | Olympic champions in women's 100 m
Betty Robinson | Stanisława Walasiewicz | Helen Stephens | Fanny Blankers-Koen | Marjorie Jackson | Betty Cuthbert | Wilma Rudolph | Wyomia Tyus | Renate Stecher | Annegret Richter | Lyudmila Kondratyeva | Evelyn Ashford | Florence Griffith Joyner | Gail Devers | Marion Jones | Yulia Nesterenko
Olympic medalists in athletics (women) | Olympic Champions in Women's 200 m
Fanny Blankers-Koen | Marjorie Jackson | Betty Cuthbert | Wilma Rudolph | Edith McGuire | Irena Szewińska | Renate Stecher | Bärbel Eckert Wöckel (twice) | Valerie Brisco-Hooks | Florence Griffith Joyner | Gwen Torrence | Marie-José Pérec | Marion Jones | Veronica Campbell

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Florence Griffith-Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998) was an American athlete, still holder of the World Records in the 100 m and 200 m as of 2006.
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