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List of famous athletes from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Norway has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Norwegian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Norway and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Norway then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United F.C. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a Norwegian football manager and former player. As a player, he spent most of his career playing as a forward for Manchester United. Before his arrival in England, ...more

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Sonja Henie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Sonja Henie Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion in Ladies' Singles, a ten-time World Champion and a six-time European Champion. Henie won more ...more

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Katja Nyberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Katja Nyberg Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She has played 99 games for the Norwegian national team.

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Marit Bjørgen 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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Ole Einar Bjørndalen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Ole Einar Bjørndalen Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is a biathlete.

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Vibeke Skofterud is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Vibeke Skofterud 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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Tora Berger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Tora Berger Tora Berger is a retired Norwegian biathlete and Olympic champion.

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Hedda Berntsen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Hedda Berntsen Hedda Berntsen is a Norwegian sportsperson who has competed internationally in telemark skiing, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and skicross. She is world champion in Telemark classic from 1997. ...more

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Kristin Størmer Steira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Kristin Størmer Steira Kristin Størmer Steira is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed since 2002. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, she has seven medals with two gold, two silvers, and ...more

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Halvard Hanevold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Halvard Hanevold Halvard Hanevold, is a Norwegian biathlete and Olympic champion. Hanevold won the bronze medal in the men's 20 km individual and the silver medal in the men's 10 km sprint at the 2006 Winter ...more

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Kjersti Buaas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Kjersti Buaas Kjersti Østgaard Buaas is a Norwegian snowboarder from Trondheim. She placed 4th in women's half-pipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a bronze medal at ...more

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Emil Hegle Svendsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Emil Hegle Svendsen Emil Hegle Svendsen is a Norwegian biathlete. He won two gold medals and one silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He has won five individual gold medals and six relay gold medals at ...more

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Roar Ljøkelsøy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Roar Ljøkelsøy Roar Ljøkelsøy is a Norwegian former ski jumper.

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Jo Nesbø is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Jo Nesbø Jo Nesbø is a Glass Key award-winning Norwegian author and musician. As of March 2014 more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated ...more

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Ann Kristin Flatland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Ann Kristin Flatland Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland is a retired Norwegian biathlete. Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland debuted in the World Cup in 2003 at Kontiolahti in Finland, where she came in 56th in the sprint event. ...more

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Jan Schmid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Jan Schmid Jan Andreas Schmid is a Norwegian nordic combined skier, of Swiss origin. He won two medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec with a silver in the 10 km individual normal ...more

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Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen is a retired Norwegian biathlete from Voss. She has been on the Norwegian elite team since 1998. In 1998 she became junior world champion in the sprint event, and she ...more

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Kjetil Jansrud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Kjetil Jansrud Kjetil Jansrud is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic champion. He races in all alpine disciplines apart slalom, and his best event used to be the giant slalom where he has 6 ...more

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Grete Waitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Grete Waitz Grete Waitz was a Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder. In 1979, she became the first woman in history to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. She won nine New ...more

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Lars Berger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Lars Berger Lars Berger is a Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier. Fellow biathlete Tora Berger is his sister. Berger's family moved to Lesja, Oppland, in 1985. At the age of six, Berger started ...more

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Madeleine Giske is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Madeleine Giske Madeleine Giske is a Norwegian football midfielder who currently plays for Toppserien team LSK Kvinner in Lillestrøm, Norway. She is also a member of the Norwegian Women's National ...more

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Therese Johaug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Therese Johaug Therese Johaug is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed for the clubs Tynset IF and IL Nansen. She is a three-time Olympic medallist.

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Anders Bardal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Anders Bardal Anders Bardal is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 2001 to 2015.

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Johann Olav Koss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Johann Olav Koss Johann Olav Koss is a former speed skater from Norway, and current assistant coach of Norway's speed skating team. Koss is currently ranked as number 16 on the all time speed skating world cup ...more

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Liv-Kjersti Eikeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Liv-Kjersti Eikeland Liv-Kjersti Eikeland is a former Norwegian biathlete. Liv-Kjersti Eikeland debuted in the World Cup in 1999 in Oberhof. Her best position so far is a second on the 15 km from Östersund in ...more

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Petter Northug is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Petter Northug 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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Torger Nergård is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Torger Nergård Torger Nergård, also spelled Nergaard is a Norwegian curler from Oslo.

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Sara Nordenstam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Sara Nordenstam Sara Maria Evelina Nordenstam is a Norwegian swimmer. Nordenstam was born to Swedish parents and lived in Sweden until she was 10, before moving to Oslo. Since 2004 she has been a naturalised ...more

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Bente Nordby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Bente Nordby Olympique Lyonnais Bente Nordby is a former Norwegian football goalkeeper, who last played for Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France. She played with the Norwegian Women's National Football Team from 1991 to 2007.

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Tom Hilde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Tom Hilde Tom Hilde, is a Norwegian ski jumper who has competed since 2005. Having first competed with the Norwegian World Cup team in 2006, he won two silver medals in the team large hill event at the ...more

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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is a Norwegian cross-country and marathon mountain biker. She won the women's cross-country gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and is a multiple World Champion. ...more

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Mona Løseth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Mona Løseth Mona Løseth is a Norwegian alpine skier. She was giant slalom Junior World Champion in 2010. Her elder sisters Lene and Nina are also alpine skiers at international level. In a World Cup ...more

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 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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Kjetil André Aamodt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Kjetil André Aamodt Kjetil André Aamodt is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway, a champion in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. He is the most decorated ski racer from Norway. ...more

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Aksel Lund Svindal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Aksel Lund Svindal Aksel Lund Svindal is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Kjeller, Norway. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Svindal is a two-time overall World Cup champion, an Olympic gold medalist ...more

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Kathrine Maaseide is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Kathrine Maaseide Kathrine Maaseide is a female professional beach volleyball player from Norway, who represented her native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Partnering Susanne Glesnes she ...more

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Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen is a Norwegian cross-country skier. Her first Olympic medal was a silver 4 × 5 km at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in ...more

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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset 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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Bente Skari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Bente Skari Bente Skari, née Martinsen, is a Norwegian former cross country skier. She is one of the most successful cross country skiers ever.

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Bjørn Einar Romøren is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Bjørn Einar Romøren Bjørn Einar Romøren is a Norwegian former ski jumper who represented Øvrevoll Hosle IL in Bærum.

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Tor Arne Hetland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Tor Arne Hetland 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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Olaf Tufte is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Olaf Tufte Olaf Karl Tufte is a Norwegian competition rower. At the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the men's single sculls. He won silver in the men's double sculls ...more

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Patrick Thoresen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Patrick Thoresen Patrick Thoresen is a Norwegian professional ice hockey left winger who currently serves as the assistant captain for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He resides in Hamar, ...more

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Johan Remen Evensen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Johan Remen Evensen Johan Remen Evensen is a Norwegian former ski jumper. He is the former holder of the world record for the longest ski jump at 246.5 meters. A late bloomer, Evensen made his World Cup debut ...more

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Håvard Bøkko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Håvard Bøkko Håvard Bøkko is a Norwegian speedskater, the premier skater from his country since 2008, with 32 national championships and thirteen international medals. He had junior results ...more

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Ella Gjømle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Ella Gjømle Ella Gjømle is a cross country skier from Stathelle, Bamble, Norway. She competes for Lyn ski club, Oslo.

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Mats Zuccarello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Mats Zuccarello New York Rangers Mats André Zuccarello Aasen is a Norwegian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. Prior to joining the NHL, he played for ...more

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Andreas Thorkildsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Andreas Thorkildsen Andreas Thorkildsen is a Norwegian javelin thrower, born in Kristiansand. He is the first male javelin thrower in history to be European champion, World champion and Olympic champion. He was ...more

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Marius Holtet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Marius Holtet Färjestads BK Marius Holtet is a Norwegian professional ice hockey forward. He signed a contract with the Färjestads BK in Sweden prior to the 2008/09 season. Holtet is drafted by the Dallas Stars, ...more

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Maren Haugli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Norway
Maren Haugli Maren Haugli is a Norwegian long track speed skater who participates in international competitions. She represents the sports club Jevnaker IF and is the granddaughter of Sverre Ingolf Haugli ...more