Fanny Blankers-Koen

Francina "Fanny" Elsje Blankers-Koen (1918 – 2004) was a Dutch athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London as a 30 year old mother of two - something most people believed impossible and undesirable at the time. She was the most successful athlete at the 1948 Summer Olympics, and the first woman to win four gold medals, but was always modest about her achievements.

Fun fact: Fanny was known as "the Flying Housewife".

"All I've done is run fast. I don't see why people should make much fuss about that."
Fanny Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen Poster

Fanny Blankers-Koen Poster

A fun illustrated poster of Fanny Blankers-Koen, the "flying housewife" of the 1948 Olympic Games in London who won an unprecedented four gold medals for her country, the Netherlands and changed the way women in sport were viewed by the world forever.

Fanny Blankers-Koen Worksheet

Fanny Blankers-Koen Worksheet

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Fanny Blankers-Koen Writing Page

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