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Ada Kok
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Swimmer
    (June 6, 1947- )
    Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Birth name was Aagje Kok
    Won silver medals in 100 meter butterfly and 4x100 meter relay at the Tokyo Olympics (1964)
    Won a gold medal in 200 meter butterfly at the Mexico City Olympics (1968)
    World record holder in 100 meter butterfly (1963-64,1965-70) and 200 meter butterfly (1965-70)
    Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1976)
    At six feet and 180 pounds, she was nicknamed 'the gentle giant.'
    The director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame said, 'She looks like a football fullback.'
    She cried after finishing fourth in the 100 meter butterfly in Mexico City.
    During a reception at the Dutch embassy in Mexico City, she accepted a dare to go bounce on the ambassador's bed, and was caught in the act.
    Insert your own 'add a cock' joke here.
    She came back from disappointment in the 100 meter butterfly and the 4x100 medley relay (where she was part of a Dutch team that finished 7th) to win gold in the 200 meter butterfly.
    She was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year three times (1965-66,1968).
    East German officials asked their Dutch counterparts permission to monitor and measure her responses while exercising as part of their program to improve their athletic performances.
    After retiring from competition, she became a sales exec at Speedo.
    She trained swimmers in the Special Olympics.

Credit: C. Fishel


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