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.
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.
She was also known as the Flying Housewife.
She married her coach, Jan Blankers, a year after competing in the Olympics.
She and Carl Lewis both won four gold medals in one Olympic event.