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Born Dec 12 1959-Mohave Desert CA Dolorez Florence Griffith Seventh out of eleven children Robert Florence Griffith Father electronic techician-mother seamstress Divorced when 4 Moved from Mohave Desert to Jordan Downs housing project-Los Angeles Worst Inner City riots Barely made it-Oatmeal for breakfat-Lunch-Dinner To avoid conculsion with Mom family friends called her Dee-Dee Visit father chase jackrabbits improve speed 7 interested in track Elemetary school Junior High-50 70 meter dashes-Sugar Ray Robinsion Youth Foundation For under privelage youngsters 14 won Jesse Owens National Youth Games All expense paid trip-San Fransico Following year won again Jesse Owens congruatulated her-could not go on-won year before Early age exhibted style-pet boa Brandy Keep skin when shed-paint it different colors In 1978 graduated Jordan HS in Los Angeles Long Jump Sprinting records 1979 enrolled in California State University Major in business-lack of funds dropped out freshman year Job as bank teller Bob Kersee assistant track coach Found her-helped her apply financial aid Ran-CSU 1980 Kersee assistant coach UCLA decided to follow him Best move for track career 1980 tried out for summer olympics Barely missed making team 1982 NCAA champion 200-2239 1983 won 400-placed 2nd 200 Sick of all media exposure Job Union Bank in Los Angeles Night braiding womens hair Gained 15 lbs Asked Kersee to helped train 1988 Olympics trained-loss weight New boyfriend Al Joyner TJ Olympic Champion 1984 Won Rome world games summer 1987-200 4x400 relay 37 miles a day-weights 1988 olympic trails world record 100-1060-not count wind speed second round 100 broke WR 1049 Become Olympic champion 100-1061 American record 4 fastest time in 100 Won 200-2182 Switch coaches-husband Al During career media sensentation Covers newsweek SILifeEbonyJet other magzines 1988 summer olympics WR won gold Also won 200 WR time 2134 Won another gold 4x400 relay After fame rumor of steroid use denied use of drugs Feb 25 1989 announced retirement Devote time-writing acting desinging modeling Lived Newport BeachCA
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