By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Running for Dummies: A Love Story
But the first time it came up was the Olympics. The person who started it was Joaquin Cruz. He said my sister (Olympic decathlon, pentathlon and long jump champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee) ” looked like a gorilla, and Florence looked like a man”. I cornered him some time later around the media. UPI was there, as was the AP, and Cruz is trying to talk his way out of it, crying about how he would ” never say something like that”. But AP had him on tape saying those words, and he was busted.
His jealousy over my wife’s accomplishments and my family did more damage to him than I could ever do. With all the attacks made upon Flo’s reputation, she never retaliated. Not publicly, nor privately.
She was running 22 miles every Wednesday, clocking two hours and 42 minutes consistently, and flirting with the idea of running a marathon. Only four more miles, right? Her goal was to run 30 miles for stamina purposes.
I had her running 160 meters and 240 meter stretches. If you ever look at any of Flo’s past performances, you’ll see she never leans at the tape because the distances at real time were too short.
Flo also was looking into acting, writing and being a mom. That alone should’ve registered in someone’s brain. There’s no way she could ever take steroids. Florence believed in faith and hard work. If that’s enhancement, then so be it.
For every copy sold, one dollar will be earmarked for scholarship programs and helping young people to fulfill their dreams. I hope the readers will see that this was someone’s mother, someone’s daughter, and someone’s next door neighbor.
In spite of the fact they tried to dog her out and disgrace her, she showed that when you love something, you don’t let negativity turn you away.