Lasse Artturi Virén is a former Finnish athlete, winner of four gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1976 Summer Olympics. He had an uncanny ability to peak at the Summer Olympic Games.
Born in Myrskylä, Finland, Lasse Virén recaptured the image of the "Flying Finns" promoted by runners like Hannes Kolehmainen, Paavo Nurmi, and Ville Ritola in the 1920s.
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