Ville Ritola

1896 - 1982

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Vilho "Ville" Eino Ritola (18 January 1896 – 24 April 1982) was a Finnish long-distance runner. Known as one of the "Flying Finns", he won five Olympic gold medals and three Olympic silver medals in the 1920s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ville Ritola has received more than 64,786 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Ville Ritola is the 45th most popular athlete, the 59th most popular biography from Finland (up from 67th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Finnish Athlete.

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Among athletes, Ville Ritola ranks 45 out of 3,055Before him are Ronnie Coleman, Elvīra Ozoliņa, Jan Železný, Vasily Alekseyev, Eddie Eagan, and Tommie Smith. After him are Shizo Kanakuri, Frank Zane, Larry Scott, Florence Griffith Joyner, Thomas Hicks, and Mark Phillips.

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Among people born in 1896, Ville Ritola ranks 76Before him are William A. Wellman, Morarji Desai, Heo Jeong, Mao Dun, Henri de Lubac, and Mark W. Clark. After him are Otto Hofmann, Agustín Muñoz Grandes, Wilhelm Ackermann, Ruth Gordon, Aspasia Manos, and Boris Skossyreff. Among people deceased in 1982, Ville Ritola ranks 77Before him are Pierre Mendès France, Giovanni Ferrari, Pierre Balmain, Adolf Heusinger, Elis Regina, and King Vidor. After him are Otto Hofmann, Djuna Barnes, Pavel Alexandrov, Vic Morrow, Giovanni Benelli, and Marcel Camus.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Ville Ritola ranks 59 out of 509Before him are Jari Litmanen (1971), Bernhard Crusell (1775), Wäinö Aaltonen (1894), Aino Aalto (1894), Lasse Virén (1949), and Tarja Turunen (1977). After him are Ilmari Juutilainen (1914), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928), Ernst Linder (1868), Eino Leino (1878), Liisi Oterma (1915), and Antti Aarne (1867).

Among ATHLETES In Finland

Among athletes born in Finland, Ville Ritola ranks 4Before him are Paavo Nurmi (1897), Hannes Kolehmainen (1889), and Lasse Virén (1949). After him are 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).