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Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Date Started: February 19, 1960
Date Finished: February 19, 1960
Events: 6

Participants: 112 (88 men and 24 women) from 19 countries
Youngest Participant: BUL Krastana Stoeva (19 years, 48 days)
Oldest Participant: ARG Francisco Jerman (39 years, 130 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FIN Veikko Hakulinen (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (6 medals)


There were no cross-country ski trails around Squaw Valley when the village was selected to host the 1960 Winter Olympics. The organizers eventually chose an area on the west shore of Lake Tahoe for the cross-country events, near to McKinney Creek, and as a result the site was called McKinney Creek. A stadium was built for the start and finish of the events with 65 km of trails emanating from the stadium. The trails were prepared mechanically for the first time at the Winter Olympics, using a Tucker Sno-Cat to pull an agricultural grain flail that broke up the snow surface, making it granular for better skiing. The program was the same as in 1956, with four men’s events and two for women. On the female side, the Soviet women swept the medals in the 10 km, but were upset by Sweden in the relay.