Florence Griffith in 1988
|Full name||Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner|
December 21, 1959|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||September 21, 1998
Mission Viejo, California
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
|Event(s)||100 meters, 200 meters|
|Club||Tiger World Class Athletic Club
West Coast Athletic Club
That's what I'd like to do on the President's Council. Make sports and athletics available to every youth in America, not just one day a week like it was for me, but every day.
A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.
People want to think that staying in shape costs a lot of money. They couldn't be more wrong. It doesn't cost anything to walk. And it's probably a lot cheaper to go to the corner store and buy vegetables than take a family out for fast food.
I love working with kids, talking with them and listening to them. I always encourage kids to reach beyond their dreams. Don't try to be like me. Be better than me.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything… I'm just not listening any more.
If you want to run as fast as the men, you've got to train like the men.
Conventional is not for me. I like things that are uniquely Flo. I like being different.
I have been running since I was 7. I was trying to restructure the way my body was made instead of trying to master the way I ran. I would get so frustrated with my starts in practices that I would just cry. When I ran, I wouldn't even try to get out of the blocks, I would just run.
I don't do drugs. I never have taken any drugs. I don't believe in them.
I've always overworked in the weight room. I love working with weights. I knew they'd give me the strength I needed.
I don't always have the best eating habits. I like butter and ice cream. There are days when I should work out and I don't. But it's never too late to change old habits.
I was always doing something physical. My brothers and I used to have handstand contests. We'd walk around the projects on our hands and see who could get the farthest. I was always playing football with them, basketball or racing in the street.
I couldn't wait until I grew up. I used to look at my mom's stockings and put them on with her high heels and mess with my hair.
To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on.
The main reason I wanted to be successful was to get out of the ghetto. My parents helped direct my path.
I used to be teased for the way I wore my hair at school. I used to do things like wear a different-colored sock on each leg.