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1924 Paris, France
The French were desperate to erase the memories of the unsuccessful Olympiad of 1900. They built a fantastic stadium for 60.000 spectators with the appropriate infrastructure and for the first organized the presence of the media. The IOC created an international board for the appeals. The scenery was ideal.
In the 1924 Olympic Games, many athletes rose to stardom. Among them were the "Flying Fin" Paavo Nurmi, the "Hollywood Tarzan" Johnny Waismuller, Harold Abraham and Eric Linde. It was also the time for the first Afro-American gold medallist, William Dehart in the long jump with 7.44m.
Waismuller made history by winning three gold medals in the 100m, 400m and 4X200m. Paavo Nurmi a son of a lumberjack was discovered during an army expedition where he was asked to walk a 20Km distance with full apparel. He ran the distance. Nurmi was the star athlete and was expected to win every competition he was participating in. The IAAF in a desperate move to make the Fins mission impossible changed the race schedule and placed the finals of the 1500m and the 5000m one hour apart. Nurmi was participating in those events as well as the 3000m and the 10000m cross-country. He was disappointed that the Finish federation prohibited him from competing in the 10000m the excuse they gave him is that he would get exhausted in the remaining races. Nurmi thought not.
Nurmis historical week began like this: