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
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
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
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
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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Charlotte Kalla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Stina Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Matt Schap added Sweden
Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier.
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Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Sweden
Carl Marcus Joakim Hellner is a Swedish cross-country skier who has been competing since 2003.
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Mattias Strandvall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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12 7
Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Johan Kjølstad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Tord Asle Gjerdalen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Norway
Tord Asle Gjerdalen is a Norwegian cross-country skier.
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9 5
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Marthe Kristoffersen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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10 7
Anna Dahlberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Simen Hegstad Krüger is listed (or ranked) 18 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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10 8
Ville Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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7 5
Aleksei Novoselski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Ronny Hafsås is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Norway
Ronny André Hafsås is a retired Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier.
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Teemu Kattilakoski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Krista Lahteenmaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Finland
Krista Pärmäkoski is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 2007.