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The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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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  • Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset (born December 6, 1971 in Nordfjordeid) is a former Norwegian cross-country skier who competed from 1993 to 2011. A classical technique specialist, Hjelmeset's biggest success is ...more
  • Simen Hegstad Krüger (born 13 March 1993) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who competes in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup. He represents the club Lyn. He won the gold medal in the 2018 Olympics ...more
  • Riikka Sarasoja (born February 23, 1982 in Lempäälä, Pirkanmaa) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has competed since 2001. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished eighth in the team ...more
  • Teemu Kattilakoski (December 16, 1977 in Kannus) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has been competing since 1996. His best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was sixth in the 4 × 10 ...more
  • Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier.
  • Marit Bjørgen (born 21 March 1980) is a retired Norwegian cross-country skier. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings with 114 individual victories. Bjørgen is also the ...more
  • Ronny André Hafsås (born November 14, 1985) is a retired Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier.
  • Marina Charlotte Kalla (born 22 July 1987) is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been competing at international level since the 2003–04 season. Kalla is a three-time Olympian, winning her first ...more
  • Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (born 1 February 1979) is a retired Finnish cross country skier who competed in the World Cup between 1998 and 2018. With 354 individual World Cup starts, Saarinen is the current ...more
  • Ville Nousiainen (born December 5, 1983 in Kouvola) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has been competing since 2002. He finished fifth in the 4 × 10 km relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in ...more
  • Tord Asle Gjerdalen (born 3 August 1983) is a Norwegian cross-country skier.
  • Hans Anders Södergren (born 17 May 1977 in Söderhamn, Hälsingland) is a Swedish cross-country skier who has competed since 1999. He earned a bronze medal in the 4 × 10 km relay at the 2006 Winter ...more
  • Aleksei Novoselski is a Lithuanian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 53rd in the individual sprint event at Vancouver in ...more
  • Johan Kjølstad (born 9 March 1983) is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. Born in Levanger, he represents the sports club Skogn IL.Competing in two Winter Olympics, he earned ...more
  • Martin Johnsrud Sundby (born 26 September 1984) 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 ...more
  • Matias Strandvall (born March 15, 1985 in Helsinki), is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed at World Cup-level since 2004. He finished 37th in the individual sprint event at the 2010 ...more
  • Petter Northug Jr. (born 6 January 1986) is a Norwegian former cross-country skier and double Olympic champion. He won a total of 13 World Championship and 2 Winter Olympic gold medals with 20 medals ...more
  • Andrew Newell may refer to: Andrew Newell (skier) (born 1984), Olympic skier Andrew Newell (athlete), Paralympic competitor from Australia Andrew Newell (cricketer), Australian cricketer
  • Vibeke Westbye Skofterud (20 April 1980 – 29 July 2018) was a Norwegian cross-country skier. She won gold in the 4 × 5 km relay at Vancouver in 2010. Her best individual finish at the Winter Olympics ...more
  • Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (born 23 February 1977 in Tartu) is a former and so far most successful Estonian female cross-country skier. Her parents, Anatoli Šmigun and Rutt Rehemaa were both prominent ...more
  • Virpi Katriina Sarasvuo (née Kuitunen, born 20 May 1976) is a Finnish former cross-country skier who competed from 1995 to 2010. She won a bronze medal in the team sprint event (with Aino-Kaisa ...more
  • Ola Vigen Hattestad (born 19 April 1982) is a former Norwegian cross-country skier who competed from 2002 through 2018. He is the most successful male cross-country sprinter of all time. Competing in ...more
  • Marthe Kristoffersen (born 11 August 1989 in Vannøya, Troms) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 2006. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, she finished 21st in the 30 km and 49th in ...more
  • Carl Marcus Joakim Hellner (born 25 November 1985) is a Swedish former cross-country skier who competed between 2003 and 2018. He retired at the end of the 2017-18 FIS World Cup season.
  • Krista Pärmäkoski is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2007.