Fanny Blankers-Koen was the most successful athlete at the 1948 Olympic Games, winning four gold medals. She did this all as a 30-year-old mother of two, at a time when there were many who did not take women's athletics seriously. Her success served to eliminate the belief that motherhood and age could become a barrier in female sports. She also set a total of twelve world records and won a number of other championships and titles besides her Olympic medals. And "The Flying Dutchwoman", or even "The Flying Housewife", as she came to be known, was voted female athlete of the twentieth century!