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Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California
Date Started: February 27, 1960
Date Finished: February 27, 1960

Gold: FIN Kalevi Hämäläinen
Silver: FIN Veikko Hakulinen
Bronze: SWE Rolf Rämgård

Summary

Almost everybody expected the 50 km race, the last of the cross country skiing events, would be a duel between the two great Nordic skiing heroes, Sweden’s Sixten Jernberg and Finland’s Veikko Hakulinen, with the Soviet skiers as the most dangerous opponents. The silver medalist from the 30 km race, Rolf Rämgård, and Finland’s Kalevi Hämäläinen, World Champion at 30 km 1958, were also counted among the outsiders. Norway’s hopes relied on the winner of the 50 km at Holmenkollen in 1959, 26-year old Sverre Stensheim, but Stensheim, with his disappointing 20th place in the 30 km race, was apparently feeling uncomfortable in the Californian highlands, as parts of the track were over 2000 m above sea level.

Jernberg was in front at the 10 km mark, 23 seconds ahead of Hämäläinen, with Hakulinen and Rämgård in third place, another 10 seconds behind. Nikolay Anikin followed closely in fifth place. But at the halfway point, Jernberg was struggling and had dropped down to fourth place, over a minute behind the leading Hämäläinen. Hakulinen had advanced to second place 22 seconds back, and Rämgård was still in third position, closely behind Hakulinen. At 35 km Hämäläinen had widened the gap down to Hakulinen to 34 seconds, and Rämgård could not keep up with pace of the Finnish duo. Jernberg had dropped further down to sixth place, now over three and a half minutes behind the leader. In the last 15 km, Hakulinen tried hard to catch Hämäläinen, but the latter fought bravely and was able to cling to the lead. At the finish he was 20 seconds ahead of Hakulinen, as the Finnish duo had the fastest finish of all. Rämgård, in spite of losing two more minutes to the two Finns, secured the bronze medal ahead of the third fastest finisher, his countryman Lennart Larsson. Jernberg also advanced on the final stage, finishing in fifth place. The race was totally dominated by the Finnish and Swedish skiers, both nations having three skiers each among the first six.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Kalevi Hämäläinen 27 Finland FIN Gold 2-59:06.3 34:06 2 1-27:52 1 2-03:15 1
2 Veikko Hakulinen 35 Finland FIN Silver 2-59:26.7 34:16 =3 1-28:14 2 2-03:49 2
3 Rolf Rämgård 25 Sweden SWE Bronze 3-02:46.7 34:16 =3 1-28:22 3 2-04:47 3
4 Lennart Larsson 30 Sweden SWE 3-03:27.9 36:14 17 1-30:31 11 2-06:17 7
5 Sixten Jernberg 31 Sweden SWE 3-05:18.0 33:43 1 1-28:56 4 2-05:56 6
6 Pentti Pelkonen 29 Finland FIN 3-05:24.5 34:21 6 1-29:03 5 2-05:26 4
7 Gennady Vaganov 23 Soviet Union URS 3-05:27.6 35:07 11 1-29:28 6 2-05:37 5
8 Veikko Räsänen 31 Finland FIN 3-06:04.4 34:34 7 1-29:45 7 2-06:27 8
9 Hallgeir Brenden 31 Norway NOR 3-08:23.0 35:20 13 1-30:24 10 2-07:46 9
10 Sverre Stensheim 26 Norway NOR 3-08:51.5 35:12 12 1-31:07 13 2-08:22 12
11 Oddmund Jensen 31 Norway NOR 3-09:16.2 34:35 8 1-30:14 9 2-07:49 10
12 Assar Rönnlund 24 Sweden SWE 3-09:46.6 35:04 =9 1-31:40 14 2-09:16 14
13 Nikolay Anikin 28 Soviet Union URS 3-10:13.9 34:20 5 1-29:56 8 2-07:50 11
14 Harald Grønningen 25 Norway NOR 3-11:17.1 35:49 15 1-32:32 15 2-10:44 15
15 Aleksey Kuznetsov 30 Soviet Union URS 3-11:47.0 35:28 14 1-30:56 12 2-08:23 13
16 Federico De Florian 38 Italy ITA 3-16:23.6 36:40 20 1-35:02 19 2-13:46 17
17 Mack Miller 28 United States USA 3-17:23.2 36:09 16 1-34:37 17 2-13:52 18
18 Livio Stuffer 24 Italy ITA 3-20:43.4 36:31 19 1-35:25 20 2-15:44 19
19 Ivan Lyubimov 27 Soviet Union URS 3-25:06.4 35:04 =9 1-32:35 16 2-12:05 16
20 Helmut Hagg 27 Germany GER 3-25:14.6 37:38 25 1-38:32 24 2-20:11 24
21 Antonio Schenatti 24 Italy ITA 3-26:32.2 36:49 22 1-37:07 22 2-18:46 22
22 Stefan Mitkov 26 Bulgaria BUL 3-26:32.5 36:58 23 1-37:09 23 2-18:26 21
23 Rudolf Dannhauer 25 Germany GER 3-27:54.6 37:29 24 1-39:19 25 2-20:38 25
24 Siegfried Weiß 26 Germany GER 3-28:29.1 36:19 18 1-34:42 18 2-15:57 20
25 Alfredo Dibona 23 Italy ITA 3-33:31.6 36:41 21 1-36:25 21 2-19:23 23
26 Olavi Hirvonen 29 United States USA 3-36:37.8 40:13 29 1-42:54 28 2-25:24 27
27 Eiji Kurita 22 Japan JPN 3-38:40.6 38:05 26 1-41:57 26 2-24:55 26
28 Egon Fleischmann 25 Germany GER 3-38:53.6 38:43 27 1-42:29 27 2-26:32 28
29 Leo Massa 30 United States USA 3-41:08.2 40:17 30 1-43:42 29 2-27:45 29
30 John Moore 26 Great Britain GBR 3-43:15.3 40:04 28 1-45:53 30 2-30:17 30
31 Theodore Farwell, Jr. 29 United States USA 3-49:56.6 41:01 31 1-48:08 31 2-33:59 31