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Paavo Nurmi
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Athlete
    (June 13, 1897-October 2, 1973)
    Won 9 Olympic gold medals
    Won 3 Olympic silver medals
    Set 25 world records
    He was always reclusive.
    He never acknowledged the crowd, not even when he was the final torchbearer at the 1952 Helsinki Games.
    He said 'I ran for myself, not Finland.'
    He accepted under-the-table cash payments during the time of strict amateurism.
    His obsession with running interfered with his marriage and his wife divorced him after just a year.
    He wanted to end his career at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics by running the marathon, but charges of professionalism prevented him from competing.
    He is considered one of the greatest long-distance runners.
    At the 1924 Paris Olympics, he won the 1500m gold and 5000m gold within an hour.
    Also during the Paris Olympics, he won the cross-country gold in conditions so hot and torturous, half the runners dropped out (some were hospitalized).
    He was hugely responsible for Finland's dominance in long-distance running before WW II.
    He never denied accepting money for running and considered the Olympics' standards of amateurism hypocritical.
    After his running career, he ran a successful haberdashery store.
    He willed his entire estate to heart research.

Credit: U.N.L. FratBrat


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