Linkovesi was born in Helsinki, Finland. He won the first ever official World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in 1972. In January of that year in Davos, he also set world records on the 500 m with 38.0 and in the sprint combination with 156.500 (38.7 – 1:19.3 / 38.0 – 1:20.3). Remarkably, three other skaters (Hasse Börjes, Erhard Keller, and Lasse Efskind) equalled the 38.0 world record time before it was lowered by Yevgeny Kulikov to 37.99 in 1975. At the 1972 Winter Olympics, Linkovesi placed sixth on the 500 m. Linkovesi died in Kerava, Finland at the age of 59.
|500 m||0.38,0||January 8, 1972||Davos|
|Sprint combination||156.500||January 8, 1972||Davos|
- "Leo Linkovesi". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
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