A Brief History
On February 22, 2018, we take the opportunity to update our February 22, 2014 article titled “Norwegian Woman Becomes Most Successful Female Winter Olympian“, the tale of uber skier Marit Bjorgen. At the time, Marit had earned 6 Olympic Gold Medals in Winter Olympic competition, and in the 2018 Winter Games held in South Korea she has added another Winter Olympic Gold Medal!
Not only has Marit added another Gold Medal in the 4 X 5 km relay, she also threw in another Silver and another Bronze Medal into her treasure trove of Olympic awards. (Silver in the Pursuit competition and Bronze in the 10 km individual race.)
Born in 1980, this remarkable athlete is now 37 years old, and somehow is still among the best in the World at cross country skiing. Marit now boasts a total of 12 Winter Olympic Medals, 7 of those being Gold Medals. Her total is the most among all women Winter Olympians of all time. Obviously, Marit has excelled in non-Olympic competition as well, earning a record 106 individual World Cup Cross Country Skiing victories and 29 victories in Sprint competition. She is a 12 time World Cup Champion in Cross Country Skiing.
Standing only 5 feet 6 inches tall, this perky Norwegian is a giant among Winter Olympic athletes. Question for students (and subscribers): Do you have a favorite Winter Olympian? Do you think any other female Winter Olympian should be considered ahead of Marit Bjorgen as the Greatest of All Time? If so, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below this article.
Your readership is much appreciated!
For more information, please see…
Labrecque, Ellen. Nordic Skiing (21st Century Skills Library: Global Citizens: Olympic Sports). Cherry Lake Publishing, 2018.
Mintz, Rachel. Winter Olympics 2018 – Olympic Games Tracking Results & Medals. CreateSpace, 2018.
Montgomery, Stuart. Nordic Notes: Articles on cross-country skiing. Amazon Digital, 2013.