Monday, June 25, 2012

Living up to a legacy...

Amazingly, it's been 14 years since Olympic champion Florence Griffith Joyner (aka "FloJo") died of epilepsy at the age of 38. It was a huge blow to the sporting world and the world in general to lose such a fabled athlete so suddenly at so young an age. When FloJo died, she left behind her husband, Al, and their seven-year-old daughter, Mary.

Last week on America's Got Talent, the now-21-year-old Mary Joyner showed the world that she's prepared to reach the heights her mother did, albeit in a completely different field. (As you'll see watching the video of her audition, one of the judges asks her jokingly whether she's planning to do a track and field routine as her talent.)

Joyner—with her tearful, proud father watching in the wings—took on Sara Bareilles' amazing song, Gravity. While I've fully admitted that I'm an utter sap, and shed tears at nearly anything remotely emotional, watch Mary's audition and tell me you didn't at least get choked up.

Here's hoping she continues to demonstrate her immense talent.

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