Paavo Nurmi, The Flying Finn

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Paavo Johannes Nurmi is a Finnish mid and long distance runner who set a multitude of Olympic records in the 1920s and swept gold and silver medals along the way. He set a total of 22 official world records in distances ranging from 1500 meters to 20 kilometers and he brought home a total of 9 gold medals and 3 silver medals in his 12 events.

He was nicknamed “The Flying Finn” and “The Phantom Finn” and even after his retirement from running, he moved on to being a coach and an international influential figure in middle and long distance running.

Read more about Paavo Nurmi here.

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