GRIFFITH-JOYNER Florence (1959-1998), United States / Track and Field
There was a lot of controversy after her victories in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 m at the Seoul games in 1988. She runs faster than a man, the scandalmongers said. It has to be said that the Canadian, Ben Johnson had just been disqualified for having taken banned drugs and relieved of his 100 m Olympic medal. In addition, to mask her impressive muscles, she wore tights in track events. To draw attention away from these anatomical details she painted her toenails with bright colours. Her toes were even more talked about than her performances ! Florence Griffith-Joyner died at the age of 38.The suspicions surrounding her death started up the rumours again that she had taken performance enhancing anabolic steroids during her sports career.