Florence Griffith Joyner, known as Flo-Jo to her fans, was a track and field star who was born in a Los Angeles housing project and went on to be an Olympic competitor in 1984 and 1988, setting records for the 100m and 200m. With her natural good looks and athlete’s body, Flo-Jo parlayed her success into celebrity, appearing on the game show Hollywood Squares and the NBC soap Santa Barbara. In 1998 she died in her sleep of a congenital brain defect. Despite later steroid allegations, Flo-Jo remains a hero to aspiring athletes.
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