No better way to close out Black History Month then to discuss the legacy of the late great Florence "Flo Jo" Griffith. Olympic Gold Medalist Al Joyner and his daughter Mary Ruth Joyner joined David live for both an educational and inspiring discussion. Flo Jo was an Olympic gold medalist who brought style to track and field with form-fitting bodysuits, six-inch fingernails and amazing speed. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events. Flo Jo died from an epileptic seizure in 1998. Al Joyner won the 1984 Olympics for the triple jump, the first American in eight decades to win the event and the first African American. Joyner was married to Flo Jo and together they had daughter Mary Ruth Joyner.
“Every year, every Olympic games and every track and field meet comes in, and when the world record comes up of the 100 meter or the 200 meter -- I look at it and say that’s the record that Florence set and Florence always said that she put a record out there, but she knows that someone will break it and the woman that breaks that record is the one that believes in herself. Once they believe in themselves they will set a new standard and Flo Jo records will be history…for right now it’s a goal that everybody should try and reach and attain because all she did was believed that she can be the best...I just hope that every young person or anybody in their life in general go out to set records but then make records in bigger footprints as you go along because Florence would always say herself, “I believe in the impossible because no one else does -- it gives me an excellent chance to accomplish it. She said make bigger footsteps that she can ever make.” - Al Joyner