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Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway  

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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from Norway, with photos when available. These are the best Norwegian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Norwegian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Norwegian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Norway is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

This list below has a variety of athletes, like Bernhard Leene and Johann Olav Koss.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Norway Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Norway. After you are finished with this list, head on over and check out this list of Olympic athletes from Switzerland.

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Ole Einar Bjørndalen Men's 15 km Mass Start, Men's 4x7.5 km Relay, Men's 12.5 km Pursuit Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is a biathlete.

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Bjørn Dæhlie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Bjørn Dæhlie Men's 10km Pursuit, Men's 15km Pursuit, Men's 50km freestyle Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie is a Norwegian businessman and retired cross-country skier. In the years from 1992 to 1999, Dæhlie won the Nordic World Cup 6 times, finishing second in ...more

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Marit Bjørgen Women's 10 km, Women's 30 km, Mass start Marit Bjørgen is a Norwegian cross-country skier and six times Olympic champion from Midtre Gauldal, Norway. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings with ...more

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Aksel Lund Svindal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Aksel Lund Svindal Men's Downhill, Men's Super-G, Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom Aksel Lund Svindal is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Kjeller, Norway. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Svindal is a two-time overall World Cup champion, an Olympic gold medalist ...more

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Henrik Kristoffersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
BoeLover added Henrik Kristoffersen Men's Slalom Henrik Kristoffersen is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Kristoffersen specializes in the technical events of slalom and ...more

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Petter Northug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Petter Northug Men's Individual Sprint, Men's Team Sprint, Men's 4x10 km Relay Petter Northug Jr. is a Norwegian cross country skier and double Olympic champion. He has 13 World Championship and 2 Winter Olympic gold medals with 20 medals overall, and 18 individual FIS ...more

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Sonja Henie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Sonja Henie Women's Singles Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion in Ladies' Singles, a ten-time World Champion and a six-time European Champion. Henie won more ...more

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Therese Johaug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Therese Johaug Women's 4x5 km Relay Therese Johaug is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed for the clubs Tynset IF and IL Nansen. She is a three-time Olympic medallist.

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Tarjei Bø is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Tarjei Bø Men's 4x7.5 km Relay Tarjei Bø is an Olympic Biathlete from Norway.

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Emil Hegle Svendsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Emil Hegle Svendsen Men's 20 km Individual, Men's 4x7.5 km Relay, Men's 10 km Sprint Emil Hegle Svendsen is a Norwegian biathlete. He won two gold medals and one silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He has won five individual gold medals and six relay gold medals at ...more

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Andreas Thorkildsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Andreas Thorkildsen Men's Javelin throw Andreas Thorkildsen is a Norwegian javelin thrower, born in Kristiansand. He is the first male javelin thrower in history to be European champion, World champion and Olympic champion. He was ...more

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Siren Sundby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Siren Sundby Women's Europe Class Siren Sundby is a former Norwegian sailor. She won an Olympic gold medal in the Europe-class in the 2004 Summer Olympics. She also won the world championships in the Europe-class in 2003 and ...more

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Håvard Bøkko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Håvard Bøkko Men's 1500m Håvard Bøkko is a Norwegian speedskater, the premier skater from his country since 2008, with 32 national championships and thirteen international medals. He had junior results ...more

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Knut Holmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Knut Holmann Men's K-1 500m (kayak single), Men's K-1 1000m (kayak single) Knut Holmann is a Norwegian sprint canoer competed from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. Competing in four Summer Olympics, he won six medals. This included three golds, two silvers, and one ...more

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Olaf Tufte is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Olaf Tufte Men's Single sculls Olaf Karl Tufte is a Norwegian competition rower. At the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the men's single sculls. He won silver in the men's double sculls ...more

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Kjetil Jansrud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Kjetil Jansrud Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom Kjetil Jansrud is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic champion. He races in all alpine disciplines apart slalom, and his best event used to be the giant slalom where he has 6 ...more

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Henrik Ingebrigtsen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Henrik Ingebrigtsen Henrik Ingebrigtsen is a Norwegian track athlete who specializes in middle-distance events. He represented Norway at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His younger brother, Filip Ingebrigtsen, is also a ...more

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Solveig Rogstad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Solveig Rogstad Solveig Rogstad is a retired Norwegian biathlete.

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Tom Hilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Tom Hilde Men's Team Large Hill Tom Hilde, is a Norwegian ski jumper who has competed since 2005. Having first competed with the Norwegian World Cup team in 2006, he won two silver medals in the team large hill event at the ...more

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Dag Otto Lauritzen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Dag Otto Lauritzen Men's Road cycling, individual road race Dag Otto Lauritzen is a retired Norwegian professional cyclist. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles he won a bronze medal in the road race, he is also the first Norwegian Tour de France ...more

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Ståle Sandbech is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Ståle Sandbech Ståle Sandbech is a professional snowboarder.

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Martin Røymark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Martin Røymark Martin Roeymark is a Norwegian ice hockey player.

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is a Norwegian cross-country skier. She skis with the IL Heming club in Oslo, near Holmenkollen. Her greatest achievement is winning the gold medal in sprint at the ...more

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Hjalmar Andersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Hjalmar Andersen Men's 1500m, Speed skating - Men's 5000m, Men's 10000m Hjalmar "Hjallis" Johan Andersen was a speed skater from Norway who won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympic Games of Oslo, Norway. He was the only triple gold medalist at the ...more

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Maiken Caspersen Falla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Maiken Caspersen Falla Maiken Caspersen Falla is a cross-country skier.

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Morten Ask is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Morten Ask Morten Ask is a Norwegian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for Vålerenga Ishockey of the Norwegian GET-ligaen.

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Ida Marcussen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Ida Marcussen Ida Marcussen is a Norwegian heptathlete. She represents IK Våg, having changed clubs from Kristiansands IF in 2006. As a junior athlete she finished sixth at the 2005 European Junior ...more

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Kristin Størmer Steira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Kristin Størmer Steira Women's 4x5 km Relay Kristin Størmer Steira is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 2002. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she has seven medals with two gold, two silvers, and ...more

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Kjersti Buaas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Kjersti Buaas Women's Halfpipe Kjersti Østgaard Buaas is a Norwegian snowboarder from Trondheim. She placed 4th in women's half-pipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a bronze medal at ...more

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Johannes Bø is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
BoeLover added Johannes Thingnes Bø Johannes Thingnes Boe is a norwegian biathlete.

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Alexander Kristoff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Alexander Kristoff Men's Road cycling, individual road race Alexander Kristoff is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer with the UCI ProTeam Team Katusha. He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championship in 2007 and 2011.

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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset Men's Cross-country, 50km, Men's 50 km classical Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is a former Norwegian cross-country skier who competed from 1993 to 2011. A classical technique specialist, Hjelmeset's biggest success is the gold medal in the 50 km ...more

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Hege Bøkko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Hege Bøkko Hege Bøkko is a Norwegian long-track speedskater, and the younger sister of Håvard Bøkko.

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Stian Eckhoff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Stian Eckhoff Stian Eckhoff, born 3 September 1979 in Trondheim, is a former Norwegian biathlete. He has 2 World Cup victories and in the 2004-05 season, Eckhoff placed tenth overall. Since his retirement he ...more

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Sverre Lunde Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Sverre Lunde Pedersen Sverre Lunde Pedersen is a Norwegian speed-skater. He is the son of former speed-skater Jarle Pedersen. He is a two-time World Junior Champion and represents the club Fana Idrettslag. In 2011 he ...more

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Edvald Boasson Hagen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Edvald Boasson Hagen Edvald Boasson Hagen is a Norwegian professional road racing cyclist riding for the UCI Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka. He was ranked as no. 3 in the world by UCI as of 31 August ...more

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Martin Johnsrud Sundby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Martin Johnsrud Sundby Men's 4x10 km Relay Martin Johnsrud Sundby is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 2003. He is the silver medalist of the 2010 Winter Olympics in the team relay and the bronze medalist of the 2014 ...more

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Alexander Dale Oen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Alexander Dale Oen Men's 100m breaststroke Alexander Dale Oen was a Norwegian swimmer. He represented the clubs Vestkantsvømmerne and Bærumsvømmerne. Dale Oen's gold at the 2008 European Championships made him the ...more

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Alexander Bonsaksen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Alexander Bonsaksen Alexander Bonsaksen is a Norwegian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Tappara of the Finnish Liiga. Bonsaksen joined the Vålerenga Ishockey organization ...more

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Vebjørn Rodal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Vebjørn Rodal Vebjørn Rodal is a Norwegian former middle distance athlete, who won the gold medal in the 800 m at the 1996 Summer Olympics with the time 1:42.58.

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Linn Haug is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Linn Haug Linn Haug is a Norwegian snowboarder from Trondheim, Norway. She has been riding a snowboard for most of her life, but she only started competing at the age of 15. She married on December 31,

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Sergej Maslennikov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Sergej Maslennikov Sergej Maslennikov is a Nordic combined skier.

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Trine Hattestad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added Trine Hattestad Women's Javelin throw Trine Hattestad is a former Norwegian javelin thrower. She was born on 18 April 1966 in Lørenskog, Norway. Hattestad made her international debut at the European Junior Championships in ...more

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Anders Bardal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Anders Bardal Men's Team Large Hill Anders Bardal is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 2001 to 2015.

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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Vibeke Skofterud Women's 4x5 km Relay Vibeke Westbye Skofterud is a Norwegian cross country skier who has been competing since 1999. She won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay at Vancouver in 2010. Her best individual finish at the Winter ...more

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Eldar Rønning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Eldar Rønning Eldar Rønning is a Norwegian cross-country skier. He skis with the Skogn IL club, in Nord-Trøndelag. In 2004/05, he achieved three podium finishes in World Cup Sprint events, ...more

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Jan Schmid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Jan Schmid Jan Andreas Schmid is a Norwegian nordic combined skier, of Swiss origin. He won two medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec with a silver in the 10 km individual normal ...more

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Joachim Havikhagen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Joachim Havikhagen Joachim Havikhagen is a professional snowboarder.

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Mats Trygg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Mats Trygg Mats Trygg is a Norwegian ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays with the Lørenskog IK of the Norwegian GET-ligaen.

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Lars Elton Myhre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Lars Elton Myhre Lars Elton Myhre is an alpine skier.