Olavi Hirvonen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOlavi Ensio•Hirvonen
Used nameOlavi•Hirvonen
Nick/petnamesLeo's Comet
Born26 December 1930 in Montréal, Québec (CAN)
AffiliationsSmugglers Notch Ski Club
NOC United States


Olavi Hirvonen was born to Finnish parents in Montréal, but he grew up skiing for a few years in Finland and served in the Finnish Army. In 1949 the family settled in the United States, where he continued to cross-country ski competitively, and served in the US Military during the Korean War. At the time of the 1960 Winter Olympics Hirvonen worked in a ski lodge in Vermont. He later started the Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville, New York, which he and his wife ran for many years. The center has many Finnish touches and Hirvonen was long considered an unofficial ambassador for Finland in that area of New York.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) USA Olavi Hirvonen
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 48
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 26