The Best Olympic Athletes in Cross-country Skiing

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of 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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  • Marit Bjørgen

    Marit Bjørgen

    108 votes
    • Profession: Athlete, 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
  • Petter Northug

    Petter Northug

    129 votes
    • Profession: Athlete, Cross-country skier
    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
  • 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
  • Stina Nilsson
    43 votes
    • Profession: Athlete, Cross-country skier
    Stina Nilsson is a Swedish cross country skier.
  • Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
    61 votes
    • Profession: Cross-country skier
    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
  • Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja
    39 votes
    • Profession: Athlete, Cross-country skier
    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