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Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's 15 kilometres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California
Date Started: February 23, 1960
Date Finished: February 23, 1960

Gold: NOR Håkon Brusveen
Silver: SWE Sixten Jernberg
Bronze: FIN Veikko Hakulinen

Summary

The Norwegian cross country skiers had several bad seasons after the 1956 Games. In the world Championships in Lahti, Finland in 1958, they came home with no medals, their best individual placing was fifth in the 15 km race, achieved by Håkon Brusveen.

At the first Norwegian selection races Brusveen was not at his best, but showed better form in the last race when placing fourth in the Norwegian Championships in 15km, only 11 seconds behind the winner Brenden. The Norwegian Olympic Committee selected seven cross country skiers for Squaw Valley. Brusveen was appointed as a substitute who should stay at home in Norway, to Brusveen’s great disappointment and loud protests in the Norwegian media. An extra selection race over 12 km was decided, only two days before the team should leave for Squaw Valley. Brusveen showed superior form and won, over 40 seconds ahead of double Olympic champion Hallgeir Brenden. The sports enthusiast King Olav V told the NOC that he would like to see Brusveen in the Olympics, and the decision was changed. Brusveen, aged 33, and having already decided that 1960 would be his last season, travelled to the US one the day after the main team had left Oslo.

The 15 km race took place four days after the 30 km race, which ended with another disappointment for the Norwegians, Brenden as their best, placing only ninth. Brusveen was then selected for the 15km team, starting with number 20 out of 54 competitors. After 5 km it looked to be another great day for Sweden. Janne Stefansson was in the lead, three seconds ahead of Sixten Jernberg, with Rolf Rämgård another four seconds behind. It was very close, Gennady Vaganov following only one second behind Rämgård, and with Brusveen in sixth place, still in contention for a medal, 17 seconds behind the leader. At 10 km things had changed. Jernberg was now in the lead, but only two seconds ahead of fast charging Brusveen and Veikko Hakulinen, the Finn showing better form than in the 30 km. Stefansson was down in fourth place, 16 seconds behind.

The final stage of the race developed into a real thriller. Brusveen was first to finish of the medal favorites. He finished his race in excellent style and bettered Stefansson’s leading time by more than 50 seconds. Hakulinen could not respond to Brusveen’s finishing speed. The last challenger was Jernberg. The gold medalist from the 30 km race could not match Brusveen’s finish, but secured his sixth Olympic medal, only 3.1 seconds behind the overjoyed Olympic Champion Brusveen.

Håkon Brusveen was later to become an extremely popular radio commentator, for many years giving intermediate reports from out on the cross country track at national and international championships via a portable radio transmission set.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Håkon Brusveen 32 Norway NOR Gold 51:55.5 17:06 6 35:31 =2
2 Sixten Jernberg 31 Sweden SWE Silver 51:58.6 16:52 2 35:29 1
3 Veikko Hakulinen 35 Finland FIN Bronze 52:03.0 17:07 7 35:31 =2
4T Einar Østby 24 Norway NOR 52:18.0 16:58 4 35:50 5
4T Gennady Vaganov 23 Soviet Union URS 52:18.0 17:18 =14 35:51 =6
6 Eero Mäntyranta 22 Finland FIN 52:40.6 17:12 =9 35:51 =6
7 Janne Stefansson 24 Sweden SWE 52:41.0 16:49 1 35:45 4
8 Rolf Rämgård 25 Sweden SWE 52:47.3 16:57 3 35:54 8
9 Marcello De Dorigo 22 Italy ITA 52:53.5 17:26 16 36:14 =11
10 Nikolay Anikin 28 Soviet Union URS 52:55.0 17:11 8 36:10 10
11 Harald Grønningen 25 Norway NOR 53:02.2 17:12 =9 36:14 =11
12 Hallgeir Brenden 31 Norway NOR 53:10.3 17:13 11 36:04 9
13 Väinö Huhtala 24 Finland FIN 53:11.5 17:14 12 36:17 13
14 Giulio Deflorian 24 Italy ITA 53:24.1 17:38 19 36:32 14
15 Aleksandr Gubin 24 Soviet Union URS 53:29.1 17:18 =14 36:33 15
16 Pavel Morshchinin Soviet Union URS 53:36.6 17:28 17 36:49 17
17 Per-Erik Larsson 30 Sweden SWE 53:49.8 17:15 13 36:39 16
18 Józef Rysula 20 Poland POL 54:13.3 17:40 20 37:01 18
19 Pompeo Fattor 26 Italy ITA 54:31.1 17:46 21 37:10 19
20 Giuseppe Steiner 30 Italy ITA 54:42.3 17:53 =23 37:34 24
21 Jean Mermet 28 France FRA 54:44.5 17:51 22 37:29 =21
22 Mack Miller 28 United States USA 54:49.0 17:55 26 37:29 =21
23 Toimi Alatalo 30 Finland FIN 54:52.7 17:00 5 37:21 20
24 Kuno Werner 34 Germany GER 55:25.6 17:34 18 37:33 23
25 Benoît Carrara 33 France FRA 55:38.5 18:22 32 38:00 25
26 Victor Arbez 25 France FRA 55:41.1 17:53 =23 38:05 26
27 Alphonse Baume 26 Switzerland SUI 55:58.9 18:25 =34 38:09 27
28 Kazimierz Zelek 22 Poland POL 55:59.4 18:23 33 38:28 29
29 René Mandrillon 31 France FRA 56:01.5 18:02 28 38:11 28
30 Kazuo Sato 22 Japan JPN 56:15.0 18:25 =34 38:34 31
31 Lorenz Possa 25 Switzerland SUI 56:30.1 18:15 30 38:31 30
32 Enno Röder 24 Germany GER 56:54.4 18:08 29 38:47 =32
33 Stefan Mitkov 26 Bulgaria BUL 56:55.4 18:41 42 39:02 35
34 Pál Sajgó 37 Hungary HUN 57:02.9 18:33 =39 38:57 34
35 Clarence Servold 32 Canada CAN 57:04.7 18:35 41 39:13 =40
36 Rudolf Čillík 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 57:23.7 18:01 27 38:47 =32
37 Marcel Huguenin 29 Switzerland SUI 57:36.7 18:33 =39 39:06 38
38 Werner Haase 25 Germany GER 57:40.3 18:31 38 39:12 39
39 Konrad Hischier 24 Switzerland SUI 57:43.9 18:25 =34 39:03 36
40 Takashi Matsuhashi 27 Japan JPN 57:49.1 18:51 43 39:37 43
41 Józef Gut Misiaga 20 Poland POL 58:03.6 17:54 25 39:05 37
42 Siegfried Weiß 26 Germany GER 58:04.6 18:25 =34 39:36 42
43 Andrzej Mateja 24 Poland POL 58:09.1 18:19 31 39:13 =40
44 John Moore 26 Great Britain GBR 58:35.0 19:05 45 39:52 44
45 Eiji Kurita 22 Japan JPN 58:57.0 19:02 44 40:40 46
46 Peter Lahdenpera 24 United States USA 59:13.0 19:15 46 40:23 45
47 Irvin Servold 27 Canada CAN 59:42.0 19:28 47 40:45 47
48 Olavi Hirvonen 29 United States USA 1-00:38.6 19:57 50 41:32 48
49 Andrew Morgan 25 Great Britain GBR 1-01:32.9 19:46 49 42:18 49
50 Charlie Akers 20 United States USA 1-02:35.7 19:41 48 42:29 50
51 Richard Walpole 32 Australia AUS 1-06:48.3 21:32 52 45:23 51
52 Norman Shutt 30 Great Britain GBR 1-07:34.0 21:21 51 46:04 52
53 Francisco Jerman 39 Argentina ARG 1-09:59.3 22:36 53 47:39 53
54 Kim Ha-Yun South Korea KOR 1-15:26.5 24:21 54 51:22 54