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Flo-Jo on the Track


In continued recognizance of Black History Month, we will share with you a snippet about Multi-Olympic Gold Medalist track athlete Florence Griffity Joyner. From California, she was known as Flo-jo and married to Al Joyner, 1984 Triple Jump Olympic Champion. 

 

Flo-Jo was known for "flashy" running outfits, but most notably for her speed, setting records in 100 and 200 meter track events. Her outfit designs were her own creation and she also designed basketball ball uniforms for the Indiana Pacers.

 

Flo-Jo's increased skill and speed brought skeptics and jealousy. She was accused of drug usage due to her speed. She attributed the changes to diet and new exercise methods. Griffith was tested repeatedly and no drugs were ever found in her system.

 

Griffith suffered from seizures in her adult life, and eventually passed in 1998 at the age of 38 from a seizure in her sleep.

 

To date, no woman has matched Florences Griffith Joyner's record speed of 10.49sec in the 100 meter dash. Her record has not been broken since she ran in 1988.

 

Get to grooving with DJ Kenny 6 on KZKO Radio Friday, from 5:30pm-7pm MST. You can watch Flo-Jo in the Seoul Olympics 1988 200 meter Semi Final below.

 

 

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