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Paavo Nurmi

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Finnish middle and long-distance runner who established records within the 1924 Summer Olympics, successful five precious metal medals along the way. He was dubbed the ‘Traveling Finn’ to be a freakishly fast middle and long-distance runner. He gained nine Olympic silver medals and three sterling silver medals. He previously a short-lived relationship to Sylvi Laaksonen. His total record of Olympic medals was surpassed by way of a few others, including Michael Phelps.

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Full Name Paavo Nurmi
Date Of Birth June 13, 1897
Died October 2, 1973, Helsinki, Finland
Place Of Birth Finland
Height 1.74 m
Profession Runner
Nationality Finnish
Spouse Sylvi Nurmi
Children Matti Nurmi
Parents Johan Fredrik Nurmi, Matilda Wilhelmiina Laine
Siblings Lahja Nurmi, Martti Nurmi, Siiri Nurmi, Saara Nurmi
Star Sign Gemini

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1At the Paris Olympic Games in 1924, he won won five gold medals: three individual ones and two in team events. He won the 1500 meters and 5000 m with less than two hours between the two finals.
2After retiring from competitive running, he became a building contractor. He invested wisely, and made a considerable fortune, mainly in the housing industry. In the 1930's and 1940's, he sometimes took leave from his business commitments to train Finnish runners.
3During his career, he broke world records in most distances from 1500 m to 10,000 m.
4Uncle of Vampira, whose real name is Maila Nurmi.
5Ran with a stop watch. Lit the Olympic torch at the 1952 games in Helsinki. Won nine gold and three silver medals (1920, 1924, 1928 Olympics).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sano se suomeksi1931

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-20022003Video documentaryHimself
Paavo Nurmi - mies ja aika1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Helsinki 1952: Games of the XV Olympiad1952TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Maailmat kohtaavat - XV Olympiakisat Helsingissä 19521952DocumentaryHimself
Parlamentin palkeilta stadionin hiilimurskalle1949Documentary shortHimself
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations1938DocumentaryHimself - Spectator Watching 10000 Metres Race (uncredited)
Suomen armeija1927Documentary shortHimself
Polyteekkarifilmi1924DocumentaryHimself

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mannerheim - Jörn Donnerin kertomana2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Helsinki, ikuisesti2008DocumentaryHimself
The Truth About Sauna: The Truth About Finns2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nancherrow1999TV SeriesHimself
Paavo Nurmi: Paras kaikista1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
... ja niinhän tuli juostua! sanoi Viljo Heino1988Documentary shortHimself
M*A*S*H1977TV SeriesHimself
Four Minute Fever1956Documentary shortHimself
The Bob Mathias Story1954Paavo Nurmi - Olympic Distance Runner (uncredited)
Näin syntyi nykypäivä... 1900-19501951DocumentaryHimself
Sports Immortals1939Documentary shortHimself

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