Florence Griffith Joyner’s Top Quotes!

Florence Griffith Joyner was a track and field athlete from the United States. She is the all-time fastest woman; her world records in the 100 m and 200 m, which she set in 1988, still stand. Because of her record-breaking successes and flashy personal style, she became a prominent figure in international track and field in the late 1980s.

Florence Griffith Joyner unexpectedly left the company in February 1989. Griffith-Joyner remained a pop culture icon after retiring from athletics, thanks to sponsorship deals, acting, and architecture. She died in her sleep in 1998, at the age of 38, as a result of an epileptic seizure. Here are some of her top quotes:

“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything… I’m just not listening anymore.”― Florence Joyner

“Conventional is not for me. I like things that are uniquely Flo. I like being different.”― Florence Joyner

“A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.”― Florence Joyner

“I couldn’t wait until I grew up. I used to look at my mom’s stockings and put them on with her high heels and mess with my hair.”― Florence Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner Seoul Olympics 1988
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“I don’t always have the best eating habits. I like butter and ice cream. There are days when I should work out, and I don’t. But it’s never too late to change old habits.”― Florence Joyner

“People want to think that staying in shape costs a lot of money. They couldn’t be more wrong. It doesn’t cost anything to walk. And it’s probably a lot cheaper to go to the corner store and buy vegetables than take a family out for fast food.”― Florence Joyner

“To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave the track and move on.”― Florence Joyner

“If you want to run as fast as the men, you’ve got to train like the men.”― Florence Joyner

“I used to be teased for the way I wore my hair at school. I used to do things like wear a different-colored sock on each leg.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner Record
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“I love working with kids, talking with them and listening to them. I always encourage kids to reach beyond their dreams. Don’t try to be like me. Be better than me.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“I like being unconventional.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“The main reason I wanted to be successful was to get out of the ghetto. My parents helped direct my path.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“I have been running since I was 7. I was trying to restructure the way my body was made instead of trying to master the way I ran. I would get so frustrated with my starts in practices that I would just cry. When I ran, I wouldn’t even try to get out of the blocks, I would just run.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“I was always doing something physical. My brothers and I used to have handstand contests. We’d walk around the projects on our hands and see who could get the farthest. I was always playing football with them, basketball or racing in the street.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“That’s what I’d like to do on the President’s Council. Make sports and athletics available to every youth in America, not just one day a week like it was for me, but every day.”― Florence Joyner

“I’ve always overworked in the weight room. I love working with weights. I knew they’d give me the strength I needed.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

“I don’t do drugs. I never have taken any drugs. I don’t believe in them.”― Florence Griffith Joyner

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