31 Dec '13, 10am

Eero

Eero

The name Eero Mäntyranta is not one most readers will know. It’s probably not even a name that many will remember if you continue to read, but it is the name of a remarkable man whose story I hope you can’t forget. Mäntyranta is a Finnish 7-time Olympic medalist (3-gold), and the subject of the final Chapter of David Epstein’s outstanding book, The Sports Gene. That’s because he is also a subject of a scientific research paper that showed the presence of a genetic mutation that made Mäntyranta hypersensitive to EPO. The result was an over-production of hemoglobin, and a predisposition to endurance that he was able to parlay into cross-country skiing dominance in the 1960s. He also died yesterday, at the age of 76. The obituary below was written by David Epstein, who met him 2-years ago while researching for his book. It explains Mäntyranta’s story, and acknowledges his pla...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2013/12/eero-mantyranta-f...

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