Birth Name: Florence Delorez Griffith
Born: December 21, 1959
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Died: September 21, 1998
Married: Al Joyner
Child: Mary Ruth
“Flo-Jo,” as she was affectionately called, was a five time Olympic Medalist, 3 Gold and 2 Silver. She was a superb Track and Field Athlete. She often trained by running through her town of Mission Viejo, where this statue is located.
Florence Joyner not only excelled at her chosen sports, she did it in style. She was widely known for her long nails and intricately painted nails, which are captured in the details of this statue. She designed her own running outfits.
In addition to enjoying success as “the world’s fastest woman,” she excelled in business, authoring, clothing design and community involvement. She was known and admired around the world, and her death at just age 38 was widely mourned.
Sculpture Notes: Sculpture donated to the City of Mission Viejo by Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Sculptor: Dave Chapple
Installation Date: May 27, 2000
Media: Bronze on stone pedestal
Location: Florence Joyner Olympiad Park, at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Olympiad Road, Mission Viejo, California
Date of Photos: January 15, 2011