lacoliseumThe #LosAngelesMemorialColiseum is proud to recognize March as #WomensHistoryMonth and celebrate the achievements of women and their role in both our history, as well as the history of the United States.
Athlete Florence Griffith Joyner, more commonly known to the world as "Flo Jo", was raised in the Watts projects of South Los Angeles. At the age of 7, she began running in the Sugar Ray Robinson Organization and competing in weekend track meets. By her teenage years, Florence became a star athlete in her high school (setting records for both sprinting and long jump), and also won the Jesse Owens National Youth Games two years in a row.
Florence attended the California State University at Northridge, and competed on the track team which won the national championship her freshman year. Despite having to drop out in order to get a job to support her family, she was able to find a way to secure financial assistance and returned to college in 1980 at #UCLA. That same year she qualified for the 100-meter final at the trials for the 1980 Summer #Olympics in Moscow, however, due to the U.S. government boycott, did not compete.
Undeterred, she continued her training for four more years, and ended up again qualifying for the 1984 Olympics held at the #Coliseum; before a crowd in her own hometown, she won a silver medal in the 200-meter event. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the 20th century, and which made #FloJo a household name, was when she competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. She broke world records in the 100 and 200-meter track and field events, and earned herself the title "World's Fastest Woman." With her flashy one-legged uniform, long hair, and brightly painted fingernails, she captured four medals and the attention of the world.
Outside of athletics, she excelled in the fields of fashion design (creating all of her own racing outfits), acting, writing, sports casting as well as being a wife and mother. One of her most impressive achievements was her appointment as co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Tragically, Florence passed away at the age 38 in her sleep due to a seizure but her legacy lives on.
- theaveatusc🔥 🔥 #FightOn
- kteresawiseSo awesome! She was amazing to watch race!
- rajaee01Look at FloJo.
- darrylpiercesrI LOVED What THIS WOMAN RAN FOR.
- flagrant_lalove it
- bowerycoffeecoLove this
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