Timeline sinds 1948

1948
Foundation of Viking skates
Foundation of Viking skates

In 1948, Mr Jaap Havekotte Sr. and Mr Co Lassche founded Schaatsenfabriek Viking in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

Mr Lassche was an excellent ice skate maker, while Mr Havekotte Sr had an outstanding talent for development and sales.

The combination of those skills paved the way for a successful company.

1952
Viking Weesp
Viking Weesp

Mr Jaap Havekotte Sr. becomes the sole owner of Viking and moves the factory to Weesp.

1960
First Olympic Gold on Vikings
First Olympic Gold on Vikings

First Olympic gold medal won on Vikings by Yevgeny Grishin

1960
Viking Medal count: OS California
Viking Medal count: OS California
1964
Viking Medal count: OS Innsbruck
Viking Medal count: OS Innsbruck
1968
Dutch Olympic Gold on Viking
Dutch Olympic Gold on Viking

First  Dutch Olympic gold with Vikings, achieved by Kees Verkerk

1968
Viking Medal count: OS Grenoble
Viking Medal count: OS Grenoble
1972
Jaap Havekotte Junior
Jaap Havekotte Junior
Jaap Havekotte Junior succeeds his father
1972
Viking Medal count: OS Sapporo
Viking Medal count: OS Sapporo
1975
Viking develops the ‘Special’
Viking develops the ‘Special’
1976
Viking Medal count: OS Innsbruck
Viking Medal count: OS Innsbruck
1980
Viking Medal count: OS Lake Placid
Viking Medal count: OS Lake Placid
1984
Viking Medal count:OS Sarajevo
Viking Medal count:OS Sarajevo
1985
First race with a Viking clap skate
First race with a Viking clap skate
1988
Viking Medal count: OS Calgary
Viking Medal count: OS Calgary
1989
1e keer Vikingrace
1e keer Vikingrace
De Vikingrace kent een lange geschiedenis. In bijna 25 jaar hebben heel veel schaatsers uit vele landen deel genomen aan dat prachtige toernooi. Vele (wereld)kampioenen van de afgelopen jaren hebben in hun jonge jaren deel genomen aan de Vikingrace. Zij beschouwden dit toernooi als een schitterende kans om op het internationale podium te staan.
1992
Viking Medal count: OS Albertville
Viking Medal count: OS Albertville
1994
Viking Medal count: OS Lillehammer
Viking Medal count: OS Lillehammer
1996
Tonny de Jong, the first international champion with Viking clap skates
Tonny de Jong, the first international champion with Viking clap skates

It was Tonny de Jong in 1996, however, who drew international attention to the clap skate by winning the Allround European Championship in Berlin.

1998
Viking Medal count: OS Nagano
Viking Medal count: OS Nagano
2000
Relocation to current residence
Relocation to current residence
Relocation to Viking’s current residence in Almere (NL)
2002
Viking Medal count: OS Salt Lake
Viking Medal count: OS Salt Lake
2005
Viking introduces the Viking Gold 2005
Viking introduces the Viking Gold 2005
2006
Viking Medal count: OS Torino
Viking Medal count: OS Torino
2010
Viking Medal count: OS Vancouver
Viking Medal count: OS Vancouver
2013
Opening Viking racing center Inzell
Opening Viking racing center Inzell
2014
Viking Medal count: OS Sochi
Viking Medal count: OS Sochi
2016
Viking develops the ‘Sapphire’
Viking develops the ‘Sapphire’
2018
Viking Medal count: OS PyeongChang
Viking Medal count: OS PyeongChang
2018
Viking develops the ‘Icon’
Viking develops the ‘Icon’
2018
Team Stehmann/Viking (marathon)
Team Stehmann/Viking (marathon)
Marathonschaatsteam Stehmann-Viking komt uit op het hoogste niveau in het marathonschaatsen de Topdivisie, het doel van het team is om talenten een opstap te bieden in de topdvisie.
2019
Most dominant speed skating brand
Most dominant speed skating brand

Viking is the most dominant speed skating brand in the world.