Name: Florence Griffith Joyner
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 100-meter, 200, 4x100, 4x400
DOB: 12/21/1959
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Jordan High School (Long Beach, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1984, 1988); five-time Olympic medalist (3 golds, 2 silvers)
  • Los Angeles 1984, silver (200-meter)
  • Seoul 1988, gold (100, 200, 4x100), silver (4x400)
Personal: Daughter of Robert and Florence Griffith...One of five children...Began running at age 7...Won the Jesse Owens National Youth Games at age 14...1992 NCAA champion in 200-meter at UCLA...Named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press and Athlete of the Year by Track and Field Magazine in 1988...Appointed co-chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness in 1993...Inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame...Mother to one daughter, Mary.