In two days’ time, she would have celebrated her 85th birthday, on Sunday 23 December. Sport and music provided rhythm in the life of France’s Micheline Ostermeyer. The strength of her muscles and her skill, her finesse and dexterity made her at once a brilliant pianist and an outstanding athlete.
Of all the proving grounds for future Olympic stars, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris does not rank high. It is one of Europe's great academies for music and dance, and yet it did deliver one of the great performers of the 1948 Games.