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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
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 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
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
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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Petter Northug is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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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Henrik Kristoffersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
BoeLover added 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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Therese Johaug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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
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
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 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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Kjetil Jansrud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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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Siren Sundby is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Knut Holmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added 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
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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Håvard Bøkko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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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Solveig Rogstad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Solveig Rogstad is a retired Norwegian biathlete.

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Henrik Ingebrigtsen is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Dag Otto Lauritzen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added 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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Tom Hilde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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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Kristin Størmer Steira is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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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Ida Marcussen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
cfc10 added 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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Morten Ask is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
Morten Ask is a Norwegian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for Vålerenga Ishockey of the Norwegian GET-ligaen.

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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Norway
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