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Fanny Blankers Blankers-Koen
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Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen: madam you will be remembered as a a Dutch athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She accomplished this as a 30-year-old mother of two, during a time when many disregarded women's athletics. Her background and performances earned her the nickname "the Flying Housewife". She was the most successful athlete at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Having started competing in athletics in 1935, she took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year later. Although international competition was hampered by World War II, Blankers-Koen set several world records during that period, in events as diverse as the long jump, the high jump, and sprint and hurdlingevents. She retired from athletics in 1955, after which she became captain of the Dutch female track and field team. In 1999, she was voted "Female Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Her Olympic victories are credited with helping to eliminate the belief that age and motherhood were a barrier to success in women's sport. At the Berlin Olympics, the high jump and the 4 × 100 m relay competitions were held on the same day. In the high jump, she took fifth place (shared with two other jumpers) while the Dutch relay team came in fifth in the final (the sixth team in the final, Germany, was disqualified).She also gained the autograph of American athlete Jesse Owens; it became her most treasured possession. Slowly, Koen rose to the top. In 1938, she ran her first world record (11.0 seconds in the 100 yards), and she also won her first international medals. At the European Championships in Vienna, she won the bronze in both the 100 and 200 m, which were both won by Stanislawa Walasiewicz. Many observers, and Koen herself, expected her to do well at the upcoming Olympics, which were due to be held in Helsinki in July 1940. However, the outbreak of World War II put a stop to the preparations. The Olympics were formally cancelled on 2 May 1940, a week before theNetherlands was invaded. After her athletic career, Blankers-Koen served as the team leader of the Dutch athletics team, from the1958 European Championships to the 1968 Summer Olympics. It was 10 years ago today that in the years prior to her death, she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and lived in a psychiatric nursing home. She was also deaf.She died at age 85 in Hoofddorp on 25 January 2004. thanks for everything, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
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- Tom A. Hawk
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- Ryan Curtis
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- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Jan. 24, 2014
 
Career Record: 4x Gold Medal winner. Forever loved, forever missed. Rest in Peace, Fanny Blankers-Koen
- Quack_Quack
 Added: Dec. 19, 2013
 

- florida boy 64
 Added: Apr. 26, 2013
 

- Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 31, 2013
 

- Stacey
 Added: Jan. 24, 2013
 

- Lilian
 Added: Jun. 2, 2010
 

- God Bless You Dearest Angel ~ Rhonda Sue
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
 

- Saffron♥Wings
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
 

- Regina ♥ with love ♥
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
 

- Lilian
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
 

- Carolyn from Washington State
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 

- Happy Heavenly Birthday Dearest Angel~Rhonda Sue
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 

- Anna
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 
Remembering Fanny on her birthday!
- Diane Miller
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 
FANNY, YOU ARE LOVED...
- LINDA /the night nurse
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 

- Lilian
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
 

- Regina ♥ with love ♥
 Added: Apr. 14, 2010
 

- In Memory of Ana,Ruvi and My Dad
 Added: Apr. 12, 2010
 

- Lilian
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- robin pellicci moore
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
 

- Carolyn from Washington State
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
 

- Diane Miller
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
 
For a great person.
- Andrea G.
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
 

- Lilian
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
 

- God Bless You Dearest Angel ~ Rhonda Sue
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 

- Carolyn from Washington State
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 
you are loved...
- LINDA /the night nurse
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 

- Regina ♥ with love ♥
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 

- Lilian
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 

- Edith J. Bruner
 Added: Jan. 25, 2010
 

- In Memory of Ana,Ruvi and My Dad
 Added: Jan. 22, 2010
 

- Diane Miller
 Added: Jan. 22, 2010
 

- Lillian A. Young Mioduski
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
 

- Jane
 Added: Apr. 26, 2012
 

- Jana
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
 

- K-Vernon
 Added: Apr. 26, 2012
 

- love & hugs~LiSa
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
 

- Stacey
 Added: Jan. 20, 2012
 

- Gods Special Angel
 Added: Apr. 16, 2009
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Apr. 26, 2011
 

- jewel k
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- Jane
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- Blessed Always
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