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.
Mr Jaap Havekotte Sr. becomes the sole owner of Viking and moves the factory to Weesp.
First Olympic gold medal won on Vikings by Yevgeny Grishin
First Dutch Olympic gold with Vikings, achieved by Kees Verkerk
It was Tonny de Jong in 1996, however, who drew international attention to the clap skate by winning the Allround European Championship in Berlin.
Viking is the most dominant speed skating brand in the world.