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Flo Jo

The Story of Florence Griffith Joyner

by Alan Venable


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In 1988, Florence Griffith Joyner set two records in women's sprinting that still stood more than ten years later: a world record in the 100-meter dash that she set at the Olympic trials in Indianapolis, and a world record in the 200 meters that she set at the Olympic games in Korea. Prior to that, "Flo Jo" ("Dee Dee" as her family called her) had run well in world competitions but had never been the star.

As amazing as her times were her flamboyant outfits and stunning beauty. To Flo Jo goes the credit for smashing the myth that a woman can't or shouldn't be both athletic and beautiful.

This book traces Flo Jo's life from her childhood in a strong but poor family in Watts, Los Angeles, through adolescence as a shy, eccentric high school scholar and athlete, through several career reversals before her ultimate triumph.

The story shows how the support of others family, coaches, and her track star husband Al Joyner helped her sustain her ambitions and faith. It ends with her sudden death, apparently of a seizure, at the age of 38.

The Start-to-Finish Advantage! This audio book is like NO OTHER! We start by writing and editing our text to specifically support students who struggle with reading grade-level text fluently and with comprehension. In addition, we add auditory support that includes thoughtful pacing, inflection and accentuation to engage the listener throughout the entire story. This Start-to-Finish Gold Library book is perfect for the middle- and high-school curriculum to support readers who need age-appropriate resources written at a lower readability. The readability of the printed text is 2-3rd grade.

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  • Published: April 2007
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: F022964
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