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The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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List of the best cross-country skiing Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous cross-country skiing event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic cross-country skiing Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list. Only the greatest cross-country skiing Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best cross-country skiing athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with.

List ranges from Marit Bjørgen to Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic cross-country skiing athletes?" and "Who is the best cross-country skiing competitor of all time?"
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    Petter Northug

    Norway
    Petter Northug Jr. (born 6 January 1986) is a Norwegian former cross-country skier and double...  more
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    Martin Johnsrud Sundby (born 26 September 1984) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has...  more
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    Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset (born December 6, 1971 in Nordfjordeid) is a former Norwegian...  more
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    Vibeke Westbye Skofterud (20 April 1980 – 29 July 2018) was a Norwegian cross-country skier....  more
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    Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (born 23 February 1977 in Tartu) is a former and so far most successful...  more
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    Marit Bjørgen

    Norway
    Marit Bjørgen (born 21 March 1980) is a retired Norwegian cross-country skier. She is ranked...  more
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    Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier....  more
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    Marina Charlotte Kalla (born 22 July 1987) is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been...  more
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    Marthe Kristoffersen (born 11 August 1989 in Vannøya, Troms) is a Norwegian cross-country...  more
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    Riikka Sarasoja (born February 23, 1982 in Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa) is a Finnish cross-country...  more
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    Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (born 1 February 1979) is a retired Finnish cross country skier who...  more
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    Matias Strandvall (born March 15, 1985 in Helsinki), is a Finnish cross country skier who has...  more
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    Johan Kjølstad (born 9 March 1983) is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since...  more
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    Simen Hegstad Krüger (born 13 March 1993) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who competes in...  more
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    Tord Asle Gjerdalen (born 3 August 1983) is a Norwegian cross-country skier....  more
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    Ville Nousiainen (born December 5, 1983 in Kouvola) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has...  more
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    Carl Marcus Joakim Hellner (born 25 November 1985) is a Swedish former cross-country skier who...  more

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    Teemu Kattilakoski (December 16, 1977 in Kannus) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has been...  more
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    Krista Pärmäkoski is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2007....  more
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    Kikkan Randall

    United States of America
    Kikkan Randall (born December 31, 1982) is an American, Olympic champion cross-country skier....  more
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    Ronny André Hafsås (born November 14, 1985) is a retired Norwegian biathlete and cross-country...  more
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    Aleksei Novoselski is a Lithuanian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. Competing...  more
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    Andrew Newell

    United States of America
    Andrew Newell may refer to: Andrew Newell (skier) (born 1984), Olympic skier Andrew Newell...  more
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    Jaak Mae

    Estonia
    Jaak Mae (born February 25, 1972) is an Estonian cross-country skier who has competed since...  more
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    Anna Olsson (born 1 May 1976 as Anna Dahlberg in Kramfors, Ångermanland) is a Swedish...  more