Sport: Paavo's Youth

In the Finnish magazine, Tyolaisur heilijan Joulu, appeared an article by Paavo Nurmi which said: ". . . How lonesome I felt in my youth when I was ordered to walk to church each Sunday with my father, while other boys had their chance to play outdoors to their hearts' content. . . .

"The first time my attention was called to an actual sport was when I was nine years old. With my playmates I was trying to see through the fence to a field where other boys were engaged in a race.


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