Thursday, July 9, 2015

Helsinki, Finland: Olympic Stadium

Say, who is that guy in a hurry?

Why that's Paavo Nurmi, one of the great athletes in track history.

They didn't call him the Flying Finn for nothing. He won nine gold medals and three silvers at the Olympics during a spectacular career in distance running. Nurmi once held the world record for the mile, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the same time. He pretty much dominated the sport in the 1920s.

Paavo runs past the Olympic Stadium, which was used for the summer Games in 1952. The facility also hosted the first world track championships, and has been used for concerts, etc. A major reconstruction will take place in the next few years, ensuring that Finland will have an up-to-date facility.

Here's a better look at the stadium, with some nice music to go along with it:

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