She stole the show on the final night of auditions for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.
No real shocker: Mary Ruth Joyner — the only daughter of Olympic legend Florence Griffith Joyner — was belting out “The Star Spangled Banner” by the time she was 2!
Mary (born November 13, 1990) was named after her father — Al Joyner’s — mother, who died suddenly at age 37. But the most important woman in her life was always her mom.
Growing up in in Mission Viejo, California, it was Flo Jo who would shuttle her back and forth to gymnastics class and soccer practice.
According to ESPN.com:
When (Florence would) travel overseas, she’d write Mary exhaustive letters, so the girl would have mail waiting for her every day. But, soon, it was a little over the top. Florence would even sit down at home and write letters to her daughter, sealing them and scribbling: “Do Not Open Until You’re 16.” Al dutifully packed them away, thinking it was Florence just being Florence.
Mary recently started her own YouTube channel to share her music — and some information about herself — with the world.
Check out her “Get To Know Me” video above and a moving video tribute to her late mother below.