Lasse Viren

July 22, 2016 0

The 20th century produced several legendary Finnish middle and long distance runners.  The last of these “Flying Finns” was Lasse Viren. The nickname was first…

Paavo Nurmi

June 13, 2016 0

Paavo Nurmi is the most accomplished distance runner in history. Born in Turku, Finland, on this date in 1897, Nurmi was the oldest of five…

Aladar Gerevich

March 16, 2016 3

Sports fans often debate which athlete is the greatest of all time.  Babe Ruth or Willie Mays?  Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?  There is no…

Sergey Bubka

December 4, 2015 3

Serhiy Nazarovych Bubka is the most dominant pole vaulter of all time. Bubka was born in Voroshilovgrad, Soviet Union, as the younger of two boys…

Bob Mathias

November 17, 2015 1

The only athlete to ever compete in the Olympics and play in the Rose Bowl in the same year grew up anemic. Robert Bruce Mathias…