Paavo Nurmi and Foundation


Paavo Nurmi was a supreme Finnish runner, who during the course of three Olympic Games won nine gold medals and three silvers. Although he took great care of his physical health, he suffered from myocardial infarction at the age of 60 and later also from stroke, despite the absence of all the known risk factors. He died from multiple complications of atherossclerosis at the age 76.

As Nurmi realized that the causes of atherossclerosis were far from being understood, he created a foundation in his name in 1968 for the purpose of financing research on cardiovascular diseases.

Symposium 2016 will be the 18th one funded by the Paavo Nurmi Foundation.

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