Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. A Finnish runner who broke many records in the 1920s, he was in his first Olympics at the age of twenty-three in 1920, where he won a silver medal. He won all of his medals in a relatively short period of time, and was last in the Olympics in 1928, after his main event (the cross-country run) was dropped from the program. In total, he won nine gold medals, one of only four athletes to have done so. Later in life, Paavo Nurmi worked as a business contractor, until his death in 1973. He is well known as "The Flying Finn."
Bio by: Namida