Lasse Virén

1949 - Today

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Lasse Artturi Virén (born 22 July 1949) is a Finnish former long-distance runner, winner of four gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. Virén recaptured the image of the "Flying Finns" promoted by runners like Hannes Kolehmainen, Paavo Nurmi and Ville Ritola in the 1920s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lasse Virén has received more than 358,700 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Lasse Virén is the 38th most popular athlete (up from 48th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Finland (up from 68th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Finnish Athlete.

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Among athletes, Lasse Virén ranks 38 out of 3,055Before him are Éva Székely, Ellery Harding Clark, Alvin Kraenzlein, Marita Koch, Irving Baxter, and Oscar Swahn. After him are Ronnie Coleman, Elvīra Ozoliņa, Jan Železný, Vasily Alekseyev, Eddie Eagan, and Tommie Smith.

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Among people born in 1949, Lasse Virén ranks 88Before him are Andy Kaufman, Annie Leibovitz, Elizabeth George, Mick Taylor, Zoia Ceaușescu, and Ken Wilber. After him are Peter Agre, Bo Xilai, Larry Holmes, Klaus Fischer, Brad Davis, and Valeriy Borzov.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Lasse Virén ranks 57 out of 509Before him are Ari Vatanen (1952), Väinö Linna (1920), Jari Litmanen (1971), Bernhard Crusell (1775), Wäinö Aaltonen (1894), and Aino Aalto (1894). After him are Tarja Turunen (1977), Ville Ritola (1896), Ilmari Juutilainen (1914), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928), Ernst Linder (1868), and Eino Leino (1878).

Among ATHLETES In Finland

Among athletes born in Finland, Lasse Virén ranks 3Before him are Paavo Nurmi (1897) and Hannes Kolehmainen (1889). After him are Ville Ritola (1896), Matti Järvinen (1909), Albin Stenroos (1889), Volmari Iso-Hollo (1907), Gunnar Höckert (1910), Ilmari Salminen (1902), Lauri Virtanen (1904), Julius Skutnabb (1889), and Elmer Niklander (1890).