American track and field athlete nicknamed Flo-Jo, she won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics, as well as two silver medals.
After setting a trial world record at the 1988 Olympics, rumors began to circulate that she was using performance enhancing drugs, but numerous tests never verified these claims.
She and diver Greg Louganis were two of the stars at the 1988 Olympics.
She had to drop out of college and become a bank teller when financial troubles embroiled her family.
She had a daughter, Mary Ruth, in 1990 with her husband Al Joyner.