exactly one month before winning her first gold medal at the 1988
Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea Flo—Jo posed for this cover
story for British weekly RIVA. Shot near Malibu, August
28, 1988, Steve Landis, remembers being extremely impressed by
Joyner and her husband and coach 1984 Olympic triple—jump
gold medallist Al Joyner. She had a very humble way about
her. We took video of the shoot and each other; Al and I
had the exact same Sony camcorder. Flo—Jo won three
gold medals in Seoul. Griffith Joyner still holds world
records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She set the 100 meter
mark of 10.49 seconds at the quarterfinals of the 1988 Olympic
trials at Indianapolis. Since then, no one has even broken 10.60.
Florence Griffith-Joyner photographs by Steve Landis.
almost as much for her fashion forward running leotards, one bare
leg; one covered leg, and her colorfully painted long finger nails,
Flo—Jo brought a colorful excitement to her sport.
Griffith Joyner died a week short of the 10 year anniversary of
winning her Olympic gold, of a heart seizure on Sept. 21, 1998 in
California. She was 38 years old. When I heard the news,
I was shocked. It was a very sad day.
the photographer . .
Steve Landis has travelled through many parts of the world during a career in professional photography incorporating the areas of photojournalism, fashion, beauty, and celebrity portrait photography for major publications for over 25 years. Steve has turned his life over to Yeshua the Messiah, (Jesus the Christ) and now primarily photographs weddings, family, actor, and executive portraits.
"I have been greatly blessed during my life and give the glory and thanks to Yeshua for a renewed life of peace and joy," states Landis.