The London Olympics of 64 years ago were a tad different than the Games which actually got underway Wednesday with women’s soccer matches --- good to get the first political gaffe out of the way early --- but which will be formally begun Friday evening with the Danny Boyle-produced Opening Ceremonies. There were 59 nations with 4104 athletes competing, only 390 of whom were female. But one of those women, 30-year old Dutch Fanny Blankers-Koen, a housewife --- as was pointed out approximately 7 zillion times --- emerged as the Star of Stars at the Games, winning gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, the 80-meter high hurdles and the 4 X 100-meter relay.
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