Riva magazine cover of Florance Griffith Joyner in red leotard leaning on right elbow, cropped from ribs upFlo Jo's legs, one leg in fushia leotard, one leg bare, shot in late afternoon sun light on canvas backdrop outdoors
  Florence Griffith—Joyner   Flo—Jo's legs, 1988  
  El Matador Beach,      
  Malibu, CA   1988      

Photographed 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.








More Florence Griffith-Joyner photographs by Steve Landis.

Known 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.

Florence 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.

About 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. 



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