Flo-Jo still fishy

Now that the dust has settled after the recently concluded 2012 Olympics, there is still the mysterious women’s sprint records languishing in the books of the International Olympic Committee. These are the two controversial records set by Flo-Jo (Florence-Griffith Joyner) in the 100 metres at 10.49 seconds, and the 200 metres at 21.34 seconds since 1988. At that time officials were not as vigilant as they wanted to be in all of her flamboyance.

Endocrinologists have always held the view that women did not have the necessary physical structure to exceed male capability. However, Flo-Jo, who died in 1998 at the tender age of 39 years, enjoyed a Pyrrhic victory.

What is of particular importance is that Marion Jones, who, despite admitting to drug cheating, did not break Flo-Jo’s records. It is my view that there should be a re-examination of the circumstances surrounding Flo-Jo’s success; because it does not seem that there is any chance of Flo-Jo’s record being broken in this century, now that drug testing has become so stringent.

— Cecil A.N. Archer

One Response to Flo-Jo still fishy

  1. Dan Hilbert August 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Because of the Lance Armstrong’s reported fall from grace this morning, Flo Jo’s reputation & accomplishments have been called out again for public drubbings. I’m tired of hearing about her legacy being “tainted” or her records being “in doubt” because of using performance enhancing drugs. She lived for 10 years after she set the records, and at present has been dead for almost 14 years… a total of 24 years since her days of glory at the Seoul Olympics. Since then not one person has come forward to confess or show any connection to a use of illegal substances or processes, unlike Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong and many others who were eventually disgraced by actions that were originally undetected, or undetectable. Surely if Flo Jo had been involved in such activities somebody, somewhere who was involved or had personal knowledge of it at sometime would have come out of the woodwork by now for their “15 minutes of fame”, “glory” or “infamy”. She could not have used such substances on her own without help, a connection, supplier or a medical supervisor to monitor her health. In other words, she could not have done it BY HERSELF. The only accusation that would ever put ANY of her records in doubt was of “wind assistance”, and even then she had undisputed times that were / are still records by themselves. The simple truth is that Flo Jo lived and, unfortunately, died drug-free. Let that be her legacy along with her records and medals.

    Dan Hilbert
    Broken Arrow, OK


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