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Florence Griffith Joyner was born on December 21, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. She was best known as a track and field athlete.  Florence began running at 7 years old. When she was 14 she won the Jesse Owens National Youth Games. In 1982 she became a NCAA champion of a 200 meter event.

She set a record of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 21.34 seconds in the 200 meter dash. She married Al Joyner in 1987. She established a Florence Griffith Joyner Youth Foundation in 1992 with her husband. In the Summer Olympics of 1988 in Seoul, South Korea, she took home 3 gold medals and one silver medal. Florence attempted to come back in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games after giving birth to her daughter in 1990 but an injury didn't let it happen.  She recovered after a seizure with no health problems.

She retired in 1988 from competition after the Olympics. Florence died when she was 38. She died from an epileptic seizure September 21, 1998. Florence Joyner was a hardworking, confident, determined, and talented women. She was also a daughter, sister, wife and mother. Florence didn't let people bring her down. She kept on going no matter what people said about her.

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