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Florence Griffith Joyner 100m final seul 1988

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Florence Griffith Joyner died in her sleep on September 21, 1998 at the age of 38.] Florence Griffith Joyner made sports history in 1988 when she became the first American woman to win four medals in a single Olympic Games, with three golds and a silver. In doing so, she set world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter track events, earning her the title “World’s Fastest Woman.” As the world watched, Flo-Jo changed the image of female track athletes with her custom-designed running outfits and

Flo Jo Has It All

Kim Rhode Rhode turned in a stellar performance to take the gold in women’s skeet shooting. She not only took the top medal, but she also etched her place in the history books. Rhode is the first American to win medals in five consecutive Olympic Games — with this being her third Olympic gold.

Vincent Hancock Hancock won the men’s skeet shooting gold, his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event. The 23-year-old is an Army sergeant — and is an old hand at winning top honors. He won his first world title when he was just 16.

American Kayla Harrison (white) competes against Hungary's Abigel Joo (blue) during the women's 78kg elimination round. Harrison went on to win gold in the event.

US shooter Jamie Lynn Gray shows off her medal after the victory ceremony for the women's 50-meter three-position rifle event in which she set Olympic records.

Gold medalists — and twins — Bob Bryan (left) and Mike Bryan pose after the medal ceremony of the men's doubles final. The Bryans completed a career Golden Slam by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France.

Venus Williams (left) and Serena Williams celebrate after winning match point against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic to win the tennis women's doubles gold medal on Sunday at the All England Club.

Sanya Richards-Ross crosses the finish line to win gold in the women's 400-meter final on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in London. In winning, Richards-Ross captured the first US gold in track & field at these games.

Jennifer Suhr catapults herself to gold in the women's pole vault in London. Suhr, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, cleared 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75 meters) on her second attempt Monday to win her first gold medal.

Aries Merritt Aries Merritt, left, crosses the finish line ahead of US teammate Jason Richardson, right, and Jamaica's Hansle Parchment, center, to win gold in the men's 110-meter hurdles final Wednesday, Aug. 8. Merritt's winning time was 12.92 seconds.

Brittney Reese Brittney Reese won the women's long jump on Wednesday, Aug. 8 as US teammate Janay Deloach took home the bronze.

Allyson Felix Allyson Felix leads Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure and teammate Sanya Richards-Ross to win the women's 200-meter final Wednesday, Aug. 8. Felix was timed in 21.88 seconds.

The invincible Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor of the United States on Wednesday, Aug. 8, became the first three-time gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball.

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault in London.

David Boudia Here, the U.S. diver celebrates with the gold during the medal ceremony for the men's 10-meter platform diving final Saturday. It was the first gold medal in diving for the U.S. since 2000

Women's 4-by-400-meter relay final Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and DeeDee Trotter of Team USA celebrate winning gold in the women's 4-by-400-meter relay final on Saturday. The victory gave Felix her third gold medal of the London games

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Varner won the gold medal in 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling, defeating Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win at 74 kg, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.

Jordan Burroughs lived up to Twitter handle, @alliseeisgold, and won Olympic gold He defeated Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi, who he also beat at 2011 worlds Burroughs wants to set a record for most major championships won by a wrestler Read more: sportsillustrated...

2 of 45 Men's basketball team Members of Team USA listen to the national anthem after winning the gold medal Sunday by defeating Spain 107-100 in a rematch of the 2008 final in Beijing. Members of Team USA listen to the national anthem after winning the gold medal Sunday by defeating Spain 107-100 in a rematch of the 2008 final in Beijing.

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Japan's Koji Murofushi holds his bronze medal during the men's hammer throw victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games

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