Greatest Cross Country Skiers of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Bjørn Dæhlie

Olympics: 8 gold medals, 4 silver medals
World Championship: 9 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 3 bronze medals

2 Petter Northug
3 Dario Cologna

4-time individual Olympic champion, individual World champion, 4-time overall World Cup winner, 4-time distance World Cup winner, 4-time Tour de Ski winner. The most decorated Tour de Ski male athlete of all time and the only cross-country skier to win the same event in the Olympic Games three times in a row. What else needs to be said?

Great athlete and authentic, humble person. The first Swiss superstar in cross-country.

Class act all the way and great champion. 5 Olympic golds!

4 Thomas Alsgaard

Was always in the shadow of Daehlie due to Daehlie's drug use and asthma problems. Which was a shame.

5 Marit Bjørgen

She is good and all, but does she win nearly as much without being allowed to take her prohibited substances, "asthma medication"? *snickers*

6 Larisa Lazutina

Used drugs at the end of her career, but at least she didn't do it her whole career like Marit Man-organ.

Shameful doper! Glad she got busted at Salt Lake City to end her phony career.

7 Yelena Välbe

Amazing champion. So much talent and great work ethic.

Not only a great skier but a really great lady. Love and miss her so much!

Best female skier ever. Didn't need drugs like Marit Man-organ or many of her teammates.

8 Gunde Svan
9 Veikko Hakulinen
10 Johan Grøttumsbråten
The Contenders
11 Thorleif Haug
12 Vladimir Smirnov

His performances at the '93 and '95 Worlds, and '94 Olympics were amazing. The best skier in the world those three years.

13 Stefania Belmondo
14 Mika Myllylä
15 Johannes Høsflot Klæbo
16 Juha Mieto
17 Charlotte Kalla

Amazing skier. Shame she has to race against doped-up Bjoergen and other cheaters. Yet she holds her own and often beats them, all while clean! And 10 Olympic medals of gold or silver already and still young.

Imagine how many more golds and medals she would have without doper Marit.

Should be way higher. Lower than her far inferior teammate Anna Haag?!?

18 Thomas Wassberg
19 Harald Grønningen
20 Johan Olsson
21 Johann Mühlegg
22 Therese Johaug
23 Ole Ellefsæter
24 Gjermund Eggen
25 Lyubov Yegorova
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