Al Joyner

Al Joyner

Date of Birth: 19.01.1963
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Al Joyner
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Olympic Success
  4. Personal Life and Philanthropy

Biography of Al Joyner

Alfredrick "Al" Alphonzo Joyner is a former track and field athlete who won the gold medal in triple jump at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was born on January 19, 1960, in East St. Louis, Illinois, United States.

Al Joyner

Early Life and Education

Al Joyner showed great promise in track and field during his time at Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Illinois. He continued his athletic career at the University of Arkansas, where he achieved numerous victories. He won three local NCAA championships, three away NCAA championships, four Southland Conference championships, and placed eighth in the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in the triple jump event.

Olympic Success

In 1984, Al Joyner represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. His triple jump of 17.26 meters (56' 7.5") became legendary and earned him the gold medal, making him the first American to win in the event in 80 years. For his outstanding performance, Joyner was honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, given every four years to the best Olympic athlete. Additionally, his sister, Jackie Joyner, won the silver medal in the same Olympics.

Personal Life and Philanthropy

On October 10, 1987, Al Joyner married legendary sprinter and Olympic champion Florence Griffith. They had met at the 1980 Olympics but tragically, Florence passed away from an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38. They had a daughter together named Mary Ruth. Al Joyner remarried on June 28, 2003, to Alisha Biehn, with whom he has two children: daughter Skylar Rose and son Jayden Alfrederick.

After the death of his first wife, Al Joyner wrote the book "Running for Dummies," traveled extensively, and established the Florence Griffith Joyner Foundation. The foundation, renamed Flo Jo Community Empowerment Foundation, aims to help young people worldwide achieve their dreams. One dollar from the sale of his book goes toward donations to this foundation. Al Joyner has been inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (1997), and the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame (1999).

In 2000, Al Joyner served as a track and field columnist for during the Sydney Olympics. He also coached two American athletes and competed in the Sydney Olympics himself, but a knee injury prevented him from winning. In August 2000, he began coaching the women's track and field team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).