Irvin Servold has been involved in – and contributing to – the sport of skiing for most of his life. He began competing at the age of 7 and twice represented Canada in the Winter Olympic Games: 1956 and 1960 in both cross country and Nordic Combined. He was Nordic Combined national champion in 1955 and 1972. Irvin continues to compete around Alberta and B.C. each winter, and also internationally every year in the Masters World Cup.
He has been a member of the Canadian Olympic Association, the Canadian Ski Association and has judged ski events around the world. He was also one of the founding members and long-time volunteers of Cross-Country Alberta, known in its early days as the Alberta Ski Division. He has coached at provincial, national and international levels in Nordic Combined, cross-country and ski jumping. In 1978, Irvin helped with the initial site selection for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games.
Irvin was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1985. Irvin was recognized with Augustana’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.
The mission of the Augustana Athletics Hall of Fame is to honour and recognize individuals and teams and their contributions to the university, community and the different sports they represent. The inaugural Wall of fame dinner was held September 8th at the Convocation Centre at the University of Alberta—Augustana Campus.
Honoured as an inaugural Augustana Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee in 2012.