Florence Griffith Joyner
Florence Griffith Joyner (December 21, 1959 - September 21, 1998) was an American track star and gold medal winning Olympian, recognized around the world by her unusual running outfits and long, painted fingernails. She was a triple gold medalist at the 1988 Olympics. She won AP Female Athlete of the Year honors and the Sullivan Award in 1988 as the country’s best amateur athlete. Known simply as “FloJo,” she smashed the world records for the 100 and 200-meter runs at Seoul, South Korea in 1988. She also won a gold medal anchoring the U.S. 4x100m relay team that year.
In 1998, Joyner died in her sleep as a result of suffocation caused by a severe epileptic seizure.