10 Facts About Al Joyner


Alfrederick "Al" Joyner was born on January 19,1960 and is an American track and field coach and former athlete.

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Al Joyner is the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump.

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Al Joyner was the coach and husband of the late four-time Olympic medalist Florence Griffith Joyner and is the brother of six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

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Al Joyner competed with their track and field team throughout his college career and, by the time he graduated, Joyner was a three-time NCAA All-American indoor champion, a three-time NCAA All-American and outdoor champion, a four-time Southland Conference champ and had placed 8th in the triple jump at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

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In 1984 Al Joyner traveled to Los Angeles for the Summer Games to compete with the US Olympic track and field team.

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Al Joyner was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given every four years to the best American competitor in an Olympic Field Event.

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On October 10,1987, Al Joyner married track athlete Florence Griffith, later known as Flo–Jo.

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Griffith-Al Joyner died from an epileptic seizure at the age of 38 in 1998.

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Al Joyner began directing the Flo Jo Community Empowerment Foundation, an organization dedicated to making dreams come true for the youth around the world.

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Al Joyner has been inducted into the Arkansas State University Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Illinois Track and Field Hall of Fame.

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