(FASHION MOMENT
FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER) Meet Dolorez Florence
Griffith Joyner. But let’s call her
Flo-Jo, as everybody knows her. She was an American
track and field athlete that changed the face
of sports in the 1980s until she became
a fashion legend. Let’s see. Born in Los Angeles
to a humble family in the early ’60s, the young Flo-Jo was
one of a kind. By the time she was seven,
she was running free in the desert. A few years later, Flo-Jo
was running for her high school in Los Angeles, where she showed
her own passion – fashion. By that time,
she was a cheerful girl in love with the sport. But at the age of 19, she had to quit to help
her family’s economy. So she went to work
in a bank. Yeah. Boring, right? But then, she met this guy. Bob Kersee was
a legendary track coach who trained many of the most
memorable athletes. So he helped her to gain
a place at UCLA, and they began
to work seriously. And now… in this very hot day
in Los Angeles, a gentle breeze starts to blow. In the 1984 Olympic Games
in Los Angeles, Flo-Jo won the silver medal. Good enough, but what
the people mostly remember about her were
her eccentric looks. Mainly her long
and wild fingernails. From this moment,
Flo-Jo became sort of an attraction
in the Games. With her strong personality and unique style, all the eyes were upon her
to see what was next. She still had to work,
and during her free nights, she styled her friends’
hair and nails. Flo-Jo never quit
on her passions. In this you have to be
very relaxed. Once you reach your high rate
of velocity, then you just try to relax
and maintain that speed that you’ve built and just carry
through the finish line. Then came her enormous success
in Seoul, winning four gold medals
and a silver too. After that, she became popular
around the world. And all thanks
to these two things – performance and style. Flo-Jo kept working
on her looks as a part of a strategy
to go further. As you can see, her outfits
were really something. Laces, fluorescence… and even a one-legged suit. It would be these bold
fashion decisions made by Flo-Jo
that would open the door to many athletes
that followed her. Today, after almost 30 years, she is considered
the fastest woman of all time. And her records stand alone with her personal
and unique style. She loved the game,
and she made a statement that still lives on today. The modern generation
will still look at her as an inspiration. (FASHION MOMENT
FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER)

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Dennis Veasley

31 thoughts on “Flo-Jo The Fashion Trailblazer | Fashion Behind the Games”

  1. horrible taste, too kitsch, no sense in giving her credits just because she was an outstanding athlete, come on!

  2. Blimey – I'm staggered that this sort of Flo-Jo coverage continues – she won because of the drugs – she died because of the drugs …. is this official Olympics® guff?

  3. For all of those claiming this sista used drugs,she never tested positive for ANY drugs! How would you like to be accused of murder without a shred of evidence?! You wouldn't like it huh? She was just gifted by God PERIOD and she worked hard and was very disciplined and spiritual. Even her autopsy showed NO drugs,so leave my sista alone,HATERS!

  4. I think she was a great woman who was faster than the rest. Much respect to Flojo R.I.P. and that comes from a white boy

  5. Flo was in tremendous shape, very very disciplined. Confident had good strides strong arm swing and was very confident. The wardrobe didn't make her, it was her being herself. She was the baddest female athlete.

  6. Flo Jo was a very good track star. She and her husband were a great team. They had team work. He is a good husband to have in your life. He helped her every step of the way. He helped her reach her goal successfully. That's what marriage is all about. He stood by her. She is now his guardian angel! God bless her! She is now in heaven. And will never be forgotten. Rest in peace! Flo jo!

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