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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Martin Johnsrud Sundby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Mattias Strandvall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Tord Asle Gjerdalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Anna Dahlberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Anna Dahlberg Sweden

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Aleksei Novoselski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Aleksei Novoselski Lithuania

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Teemu Kattilakoski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

The Best Ski Movies

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Marthe Kristoffersen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Kikkan Randall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Kikkan Randall United States of America

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Ville Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Krista Lahteenmaki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Thobias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Jaak Mae is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Jaak Mae Estonia

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Andrus Veerpalu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Andrus Veerpalu Estonia

The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Johan Kjølstad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Charlotte Kalla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Simen Hegstad Krüger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Simen Hegstad Krüger

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Stina Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Matt Schap added Stina Nilsson Sweden

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Katherine Calder New Zealand

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Virpi Sarasvuo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Virpi Sarasvuo Finland

The Best Countries for Skiing

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Juha Lallukka is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Juha Lallukka Finland

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Tero Similae is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Tero Similae Finland

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Seraina Mischol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Seraina Mischol Switzerland

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Ronny Hafsås is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Ronny Hafsås Norway

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Ola Vigen Hattestad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Petra Majdič is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Petra Majdič Slovenia

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Jens Arne Svartedal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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Katarína Garajová is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Katarína Garajová Czech Republic, Slovakia

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Reto Burgermeister is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Reto Burgermeister Switzerland

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Seraina Boner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Seraina Boner Switzerland

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Alexandra Camenscic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Tor Arne Hetland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Øystein Pettersen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Toni Livers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Toni Livers Switzerland

The Best Ski Clothing Brands

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Natalya Korostelyova is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Natalya Korostelyova Russia, Soviet Union

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Callum Watson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Callum Watson Australia

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Stefan Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Stefan Kuhn Canada

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Björn Lind is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Björn Lind Sweden

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Anders Södergren is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

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Pirjo Muranen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Pirjo Muranen Finland

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Lukáš Bauer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Lukáš Bauer Czech Republic

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Natalya Matveyeva is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing