Helsinki - Finnish media slammed the Nordic country's worst-ever Olympic performance on Monday, ridiculing athletes' excuses of bad massages or disorientation due to the size of the Athens stadium.
On a scale where winners are called "lions" and losers "lambs", the tabloid Iltalehti said the Finnish team was "a herd of toothless lambs".
The home of runners Paavo Nurmi and Lasse Viren and an array of top javelin throwers won only two silver medals in Athens, ending the Nordic country's record of winning at least one gold at each of the summer Games since 1908.
"Prepare to relive the golden years of the Finnish Olympic sports. They are now essentially done," regional daily Aamulehti said under a headline "The End".
"(Finns) dominated one event: finding excuses," it said, compiling a list of quotes from Finland's athletes on why they did not do better.