Florence Joyner (Track and Field)


  • NAME: Florence Joyner
  • OCCUPATION: Track and Field Athlete
  • BIRTH DATE: December 21, 1959
  • DEATH DATE: September 21, 1998
  • EDUCATION: Jordan High School, California State University at Northridge
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Mission Viejo, California
  • AKA: Florence Griffith-Joyner
  • AKA: Florence Joyner
  • Nickname: “Flo Jo”
  • Full Name: Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner
  • Maiden Name: Florence Delorez Griffith
  • AKA: Florence Griffith Joyner


Florence Joyner, also known as “Flo Jo,” was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 1959. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Joyner won a silver medal in the 200-meter run. She married fellow athlete Al Joyner, the brother of famed athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Joyner took home three gold medals and a silver. She and her coach, Bob Kersee, came under media speculation when rumors spread that she might have been using performance-enhancing drugs to improve her times. Joyner died unexpectedly in September 1998, at age 38, after suffering an epileptic seizure. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events.


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