• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
  • Squaw Valley, California, USA, Feb 8-18,1960

    Clarence Servold
    Irvin Servold

    Back to North America for the first time since 1932 went world elite nordic skiers along with familiar Canadian faces returning to carry this nation’s hopes in the high altitude and changing snow conditions. With greater domestic and foreign experience, Camrose, Alberta’s Servold brothers were back for both cross country and nordic combined while three time Olympic Jacques Charland of Trois Rivieres joined two newcomer jumpers Gerry Gravelle of Hull and Toronto’s Alois Moser.

    Unable to surpass his 19th of 1956, Clarence ran 35th in the 15 km, over five minutes behind Norwegian winner Haakon Brusveen in the field of 54. Irvin posted 47th. In the 30 km, won by the Swedish ‘White Ghost’ Sixten Jernberg, Clarence posted 36th and Irvin 40th among 48 skiers while in the 50 km won by Finland’s Kalevi Hamalainen, no Canadians competed. Clarence created a sensation by finishing second in nordic combined cross country but faulted in jumping to place overall 28th among 31. Irvin tallied three spots better in 20th. Finland won the 11 team men’s relay while the Soviets swept the top four spots in women’s 10 km led by Maria Gusakova. However, Sweden captured the ladies’ relay. No Canadians entered.