Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998) was an American track and field athlete. She is still considered one of the best track and field athletes because of her records set in the 1988 Olympics. To date no competitors have broken her records in the 200 meter and 100 meter races. When she was in high school, she also ran track and field showing remarkable talent. She was eligible for the 1980 Olympics, but the United States boycotted it over Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Her big break came in the 1984 Olympics winning a silver medal. She would win a gold medal in the World Championships. Florence Joyner’s biggest victory was her performance in the 1988 Olympics. She won three gold medals. She soon became a household name and very popular among sports fans. Sadly, she died of an epileptic seizure in 1998. To fans Flo-Jo will remain sports royalty.