This U.S. Sprinter Was The Fastest Woman On Earth – But In 1998 She Suddenly Suffered A Seizure

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It’s 1988, and the Olympics have brought the world’s most talented athletes to the South Korean capital of Seoul. But among the gifted sportspeople, one star shines among the brightest: Florence Griffith Joyner, the runner affectionately dubbed Flo-Jo. After the games, she brought three gold medals home. But ten years later, her life took a tragic turn.

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Born in December 1959 in Los Angeles, California, Joyner was one of 11 children. Her father, Robert, was an electrical engineer, while her mother Florence worked as a seamstress. Together, the family lived in public housing in the Watts neighborhood in the south of the city.

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