December 21st in African American History – Florence Delorez “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner

December 21, 1959 Florence Delorez “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner, hall of fame track and field athlete, was born in Los Angeles, California.

At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Griffith-Joyner won the Silver medal in the 200 meter race and at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games she won the Gold medal in the 100 and 200 meter races and in the 4 by 100 meter relay and the Silver medal in the 4 by 400 meter relay.

Her world records in the 100 and 200 meter races still stand. In 1988, she was the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Griffith- Joyner retired from competitive sports shortly after the 1988 Olympic Games and was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995. Griffith-Joyner died September 21, 1998.


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