Florence Joyner

By: Julia Chimka

"Flo Joe"

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. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Joyner took home three gold medals and a silver. Flo Joe is a very successful person I think this because she holds the record of the best track runner and it has been more than seventeen years. I also think she is very strong in athletics and being true to herself. Even if times were hard for her she stayed true to herself. She also must be strong for her to run as fast as she does.


Her Life

Attending California State University at Northridge, Joyner transferred to the University of California Los Angeles, where she quickly earned a reputation as a track star. She became a NCAA champion in 1982 with a victory in the 200-meter event. She married fellow athlete Al Joyner, the brother of famed athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee. 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. We still remember her today there is a bronze statue in her honer.

I hope you now know about "FLO JOE"