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Paavo Nurmi’s Birthday

June 13 - September 4, 2024

Paavo Nurmi’s birthday celebrations in Sports Museum TAHTO: A brand new photo exhibition, lecture series and a guided tour.

Olympiastadion, Paavo Nurmen tie 1 00250 Helsinki

On June 13, the Sports Museum TAHTO hosts in partnership with the French Institute of Finland and the French Embassy, an event on the history and current state of the Olympic Games.

Photo exhibition

Paris last hosted the Olympic Games in the summer of 1924. 3,099 men and 158 women from 45 countries competed for medals in 131 events at the French capital. Paris 1924 also marked the highpoint of Finnish sports history. Finland finished second in the medal standings, beaten only by the United States.

A guided tour of the photo exposition will be proposed in English on June 13th at 11:30. The exhibition will be available in Tahto until September 4th, 2024.

Lecture series

The other component of the Paavo Nurmi’s birthday event on June 13 will be a series of lectures on the history of Olympic Games at Sylvi Saimo Hall in TAHTO. Two keynote speakers from France will illustrate modern challenges of the Olympic Games, the sustainability aspects of the event and the relationship between science and the daily training of high-performance athletes:

  • 12.30–12.40 Opening speech, Jukka-Pekka Vuori, CEO, Sports Museum Foundation
  • 12.45–13.25 From Paris to Paris 1924-2024, Vesa Tikander, Special Researcher, TAHTO
  • 13.30–14.15 The Games of Paris 2024 from environmental aspect, François Croquette, Director of Ecological Transition and Climate at the City of Paris
  • 14.20–14.45 Scientific insight into elite athletes preparing for the Olympic Games in France, Gaël Guilhem, Head of Laboratory of The French Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP)
  • 14.45–15.00 Discussion and the end of the event

You can find further information on the website of TAHTO. Both the photo exhibition as well as the lecture series are included in the museum’s entry fee. You can also access the event with the Finnish Museum Card (Museokortti).