This Day in History – September 22, 1998

Flo-Jo passes away at the age of 38


Two world records, five Olympic medals for four different categories, World’s Fastest Woman, a clothing designer, writer, the Co-Chairperson on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and so much more. Florence Griffith-Joyner aka Flo-Jo was a force to be reckoned with in the 1988 Olympics held in Seoul. A wife and mother, a celebrity that was indeed one of a kind and still missed. September 21, 1998 was a sad day for many friends, family, her fans, and the United States, when Flo-Jo passed away quietly in her sleep from an epileptic seizure at the young age of 38.


In 1995, Flo-Jo was inducted into USA Track & Field’s Hall of Fame. In the early 2000’s, the elementary school she went to was renamed Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. The city in which she resided when she passed, Mission Viejo, California, renamed a park entrance after her. Flo-Jo was an inspiration for young people,  as well as older individuals with her never quit attitude.

Being the seventh child out of eleven, her accomplishments are well documented and include numerous awards, gold medals, silver medals, world records, designer clothing line, paintings, and more. Flo-Jo was a prime example that you can become whomever you want to be, no matter where you are from, as she once said, “Nothing is going to be handed to you–you have to make things happen.” That bit of advice is something everyone should strive for.   



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