Florence Griffith-Joyner: An athlete to know
Florence Griffith-Joyner is considered the fastest woman of all time.
Florence Griffith-Joyner (1959-1998) set world records in 1988 for both the 100 and 200 meter. They have never been broken. She won four medals at the Seoul Olympic Games with the U.S. track & field team – three golds and one silver and is the fastest woman of all-time.
Griffith-Joyner won silver during the 1984 Olympic games in the 200m dash and won four medals in 1988: gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay and silver in the 4x400 meter relay. The record she set during the 1988 Olympic Trials are records that still haven’t been broken - though many are working on it.
She said her most precious medal was the one she received for the 4x400 medal relay, that silver medal.
“The United States had given me a chance and opportunity to try to make history by winning four gold medals. And I tried as hard as I [could], that’s very precious to me,” she said.
As an athlete and fashion designer, she was just as famous for her world records as she was for her long nails and fashion. Many of her iconic outfits she made herself – she wanted to bring her personality onto the track.
Throughout her career, she received many endorsements and is a pop culture icon.
“No black female athlete has ever been in Griffith Joyner's position,” wrote Sports Illustrated. “Griffith Joyner has connected with such a wide audience that she seems a cultural phenomenon.”
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