Going for Gold: Famous Black Olympians

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  • 011912 sports famous olympic athletes florence griffith joyner
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  • Gabby Douglas
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  • Allyson Felix
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Florence Griffith-Joyner

Florence “Flo Jo” Griffith-Joyner’s blistering speed gave her the title of fastest woman in the world at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, where she set still-unbroken records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The prolific athlete, who was known for her flashy one-legged tracksuits, six-inch nails and mane of wild, dark curls, won three gold medals that year. It was whispered that Griffith-Joyner took performance-enhancing drugs to attain such feats, though those claims were never proven. (Photo: Mike Powell/AllSport/Getty Images)

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