Fanny Blankers-Koen

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Birthday
26, 1918
Birthplace
Baarn, Netherlands
Death Date
Jan 25, 2004 (85)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
26, 1918
Birthplace
Baarn, Netherlands
Death Date
Jan 25, 2004 (85)

About

Dutch athlete who won four gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics, winning the 100 and 200 meters, the 80 meter hurdles, and the 4 x 100 meter relay. She also won 5 European titles and 58 Dutch championships.

Before Fame

She excelled at many sports but picked track after a swimming coach told her it'd be easier for her to make the Olympics for an event other than swimming.

Trivia

She was also known as the Flying Housewife.

Family Life

She married her coach, Jan Blankers, a year after competing in the Olympics. 

Associated With

She and Carl Lewis both won four gold medals in one Olympic event.