Friday, August 15, 2008

Daily One Inch Button - Florence Griffith-Joyner Flo-Jo

I remember sitting in my friend Eric's living room in the late 1980s and watching an episode of the awesome television sitcom 227 when none other than Florence Griffith-Joyner, better known as Flo-Jo made an appearance and an appeal to the character on the show to keep on keeping on. I also remember watching her during the Olympics and being amazed at her speed. You can see the controversial race where she beat a world record for the 100 Meter dash in 1988 here. The controversy was that the wind reading equipment stated that the wind was within the allowed limits but later it was determined that the equipment was faulty and it had been quite windy; nevertheless, she continues to hold the title. Her death in 1998 was a devastating loss to the athletic community and the world at large.

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