Winter Sports 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Petter Northug Norway 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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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Marit Bjørgen Norway 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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Martin Johnsrud Sundby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Martin Johnsrud Sundby Norway 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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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset Norway 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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Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Marcus Hellner Sweden Carl Marcus Joakim Hellner is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been competing since 2003.

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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Kristina Šmigun-Vähi Estonia Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is a former and so far most successful Estonian female cross-country skier. Her parents, Anatoli Šmigun and Rutt Rehemaa were both prominent Nordic skiers. Kristina ...more

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Mattias Strandvall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Mattias Strandvall Finland Matias Strandvall, 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 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. ...more

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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Vibeke Skofterud Norway 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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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen Finland Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 1998.

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Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja Finland Riikka Sarasoja is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2001. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished eighth in the team sprint, 13th in the 30 km, 21st in the 7.5 ...more

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Tord Asle Gjerdalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Tord Asle Gjerdalen Norway Tord Asle Gjerdalen is a Norwegian cross-country skier.

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Johan Kjølstad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Johan Kjølstad Norway Johan Kjølstad 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 his ...more

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Anna Dahlberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Anna Dahlberg Sweden Anna Olsson is a Swedish cross-country skier who competed from 1996 to 2010. Competing in three Winter Olympics, she won a gold medal in the team sprint at Turin in 2006. Olsson also won a ...more

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Aleksei Novoselski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Aleksei Novoselski Lithuania 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 ...more

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Teemu Kattilakoski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Teemu Kattilakoski Finland Teemu Kattilakoski 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 x 10 km event in 2007 while ...more

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Charlotte Kalla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Charlotte Kalla Sweden Marina Charlotte Kalla, is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been competing at international level since the 2003-2004 season. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km relay at the FIS Nordic ...more

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Marthe Kristoffersen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Marthe Kristoffersen Norway Marthe Kristoffersen 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 the 10 km event. At the 2009 World ...more

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Kikkan Randall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Kikkan Randall United States of America Kikkan Randall is an American cross-country skier from Anchorage, Alaska. She is the niece of former cross-country skiing Olympians Betsy Haines and Chris Haines. She won the silver medal in the ...more

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Ville Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Ville Nousiainen Finland Ville Nousiainen is a Finnish cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. He finished fifth in the 4 x 10 km event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Nousiainen won his first ...more

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Krista Lahteenmaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Krista Lahteenmaki Finland Krista Pärmäkoski is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2007.

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Thobias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Thobias Fredriksson Sweden Thobias Fredriksson is a Swedish former cross-country skier who competed since 2000. He won two medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin with a gold in the team sprint and a bronze in the ...more

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Jaak Mae is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Jaak Mae Estonia Jaak Mae is an Estonian cross-country skier who has competed since 1994. He won a bronze in the 15km event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Mae won a silver medal in the 15km event ...more

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Andrus Veerpalu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Andrus Veerpalu Estonia Andrus Veerpalu is a former and so far the most successful Estonian male cross country skier.

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Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Mathias Fredriksson Sweden Mathias Fredriksson is a Swedish former cross country skier who has competed since 1993. He earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Fredriksson's best ...more

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Ronny Hafsås is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Ronny Hafsås Norway Ronny André Hafsås is a retired Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier.

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Simen Hegstad Krüger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Simen Hegstad Krüger 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 ...more

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Stina Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Matt Schap added Stina Nilsson Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier.

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Ola Vigen Hattestad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Ola Vigen Hattestad Norway Ola Vigen Hattestad is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. He is the most successful cross country sprinter of all time. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he became ...more

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Virpi Sarasvuo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Virpi Sarasvuo Finland Virpi Katriina Sarasvuo is a Finnish cross country skier who competed from 1995 to 2010. She won a bronze medal in the team sprint event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and earned her best ...more

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Tor Arne Hetland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Tor Arne Hetland Norway Tor Arne Hetland is a professional Norwegian cross-country skier. Hetland was born in Stavanger. He now lives in Trondheim and is with the Byåsen IL ski club there. Hetland is 6 ft 2 in ...more

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Øystein Pettersen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Øystein Pettersen Norway Øystein "Pølsa" Pettersen is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. He has four World Cup podiums, his best finish being second in individual sprint ...more

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Juha Lallukka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Juha Lallukka Finland Juha Lallukka is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2001. He finished 34th in the 15 km event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Lallukka's best finish at the FIS Nordic ...more

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Seraina Mischol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Seraina Mischol Switzerland Seraina Mischol is a Swiss skier competing in cross country skiing.

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Tero Similae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Tero Similae Finland Tero Similae is a cross-country skier.

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Katherine Calder New Zealand Katherine Calder is a cross-country skier.

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen Norway 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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Celine Brun-Lie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Celine Brun-Lie Norway Celine Marie Knudtzon Brun-Lie is a Norwegian cross-country skier. She won a bronze medal at the 2006 Junior World Ski Championships, recorded a fourth place at the 2007 Junior World Ski ...more

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Petra Majdič is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Petra Majdič Slovenia Petra Majdič is a Slovenian former cross-country skier. Her best results came in classic style races. She won twenty-four World Cup races, twenty in sprint races, but she also won a marathon in ...more

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Reto Burgermeister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Reto Burgermeister Switzerland Reto Burgermeister is a Swiss cross country skier who has competed since 1994. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he finished sixth in the 4 x 10 km relay at Nagano in 1998 overall and ninth in ...more

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Jens Arne Svartedal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Jens Arne Svartedal Norway Jens Arne Svartedal is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 1996. He represents Trøsken IL from Sarpsborg in Norway. His greatest achievement is winning the individual ...more

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Alexandra Camenscic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Alexandra Camenscic Moldova Alexandra Camenscic is a cross-country skier and biathlete.

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Caitlin Compton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Caitlin Compton United States of America Caitlin Compton Gregg is an American cross-country skier who has competed since 2001.

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Katarína Garajová is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Katarína Garajová Slovakia, Czech Republic Katarína Garajová is a cross-country skier.

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Seraina Boner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Seraina Boner Switzerland Seraina Boner is a cross-country skier.

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Justyna Kowalczyk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Justyna Kowalczyk Poland Justyna Kowalczyk is a Polish cross country skier who has been competing since 2000. Kowalczyk is a double Olympic Champion and a double World Champion. She is also the only skier who won the ...more

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Natalya Korostelyova is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Natalya Korostelyova Russia, Soviet Union Natalya Sergeyevna Korostelyova is a Russian cross country skier who competed since 2002. She won a bronze in the team sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Korostelyova also ...more

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Stefan Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Stefan Kuhn Canada Stefan Kuhn is a Canadian cross-country skier and chef. Kuhn was born in Banff and competed in various international skiing events from 1998 to 2000, before retiring in 2001 to become a ...more

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Toni Livers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Toni Livers Switzerland Toni Livers is a Swiss cross country skier who has competed since 2000. His best individual finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was ninth in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit at ...more

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Callum Watson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Callum Watson Australia Callum Watson is a Cross Country Skier.

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Janusz Krężelok is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Janusz Krężelok Poland Janusz Adam Krężelok is a Polish cross country skier who has competed since 1994. His best individual finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was a seventh in the individual sprint in ...more