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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Marcus Hellner is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Kristina Šmigun-Vähi is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Johan Kjølstad is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Anna Dahlberg is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Charlotte Kalla is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Ville Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Aleksei Novoselski is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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) 19 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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Simen Hegstad Krüger is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Matt Schap added Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier.

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Mathias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Kikkan Randall is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Virpi Sarasvuo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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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.

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Thobias Fredriksson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Estonia Andrus Veerpalu is a former and so far the most successful Estonian male cross country skier.

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Ola Vigen Hattestad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Tor Arne Hetland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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
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
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
Switzerland Seraina Mischol is a Swiss skier competing in cross country skiing.

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Anders Södergren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Sweden Hans Anders Södergren is a Swedish cross-country skier who has competed since 1999. He earned a bronze medal in the 4x10 km relay at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and also finished 5th ...more

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Tero Similae is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Finland Tero Similae is a cross-country skier.

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
New Zealand Katherine Calder is a cross-country skier.

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Lasse Paakkonen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Finland Lasse Paakkonen is a cross-country skier.

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Riitta-Liisa Roponen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Finland Riitta-Liisa Roponen is a Finnish cross-country skier who has competed since 1998.

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Celine Brun-Lie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Vesna Fabjan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Slovenia Vesna Fabjan is a cross-country skier.

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Britta Johansson Norgren is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Sweden Britta Johanna Helena Johansson Norgren is a Swedish cross country skier who has been competing since 2002. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 ...more

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Alyona Sidko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Russia Alyona Viktorovna Sidko is a Russian cross-country skier who has competed since 2000. Sidko won a bronze medal in the Individual Sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She also won a ...more

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Petra Majdič is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Jens Arne Svartedal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Reto Burgermeister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
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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Katarína Garajová is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Slovakia, Czech Republic Katarína Garajová is a cross-country skier.

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Alexandra Camenscic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Moldova Alexandra Camenscic is a cross-country skier and biathlete.

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Seraina Boner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
Switzerland Seraina Boner is a cross-country skier.

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Caitlin Compton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing
United States of America Caitlin Compton Gregg is an American cross-country skier who has competed since 2001.