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Full Name: Delorez Florence Griffith.

Born: Dec. 21, 1959, Los Angeles.

Died: Sept. 21, 1998, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Education: David Starr Jordan H.S., Los Angeles, 1978; UCLA, 1983, degree in psychology (attended Cal State Northridge for two years before UCLA)

Awards: AP Female Athlete of the Year, 1988; USOC Sportswoman of the Year, 1988; Sullivan Award (top amateur athlete), 1988.

World Records: 100 meters, 10.49, 1988 Olympic Trials quarterfinal; 200 meters, 21.34, 1988 Olympics final (both records current).

Olympic Medals: Los Angeles 1984, silver, 200 meters (22.04); Seoul 1988, gold, 100 meters (10.54 wind-aided); gold, 200 meters (21.34); gold, 400-meter relay (41.98), silver, 1,600-meter relay (3:15.51).

Quick quotes
"We were dazzled by her speed, humbled by her talent, and captivated by her style." -- President Clinton.

"People are still trying to catch the records she set more than 10 years ago. It's an amazing legacy." -- Carl Lewis, nine-time Olympic gold medalist.

"She was a role model for girls and young women in sports." -- Bill Hybl, U.S. Olympic Committee president.

"Florence was a ground-breaker, setting new standards in athletic achievement and fashion." -- Craig Masback, CEO, USA Track and Field.

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