Paavo Nurmi statue strides powerfully in front of Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium.
A discussion over a weekend coffee bought me to hunt down this old travel photo from Helsinki in Finland. This dated scanned image shows a fine bronze statue of Paavo Nurmi
, the Flying Finn
outside the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (for the 1952 games where Nurmi lit the flame).
Paavo Nurmi is a Finnish hero winning nine Olympic gold medals and three silver medals across three Olympic Games in middle distance running (inlcuding cross-country running). Reports say that he’d have won more except for typical petty officialdom. Time consider him the greatest Olympian of all time and his running successes across distances from 800 metres to 10,000 metres are unequalled.
Some wonderful photos of Nurmi and his Wikipedia entry detail more of this champion athlete.