The most decorated winter Olympians of all time

Quinn Rooney

The Olympics routinely bring the best athletes in the world together to compete against each other, yet even in such esteemed company, some have managed to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

These athletes have so thoroughly mastered snow and ice that they have won enough Olympics medals to wear a new one each day of the week.

The medal counts come courtesy of sports-reference and the official Olympics website.


Felix Gottwald

Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesFelix Gottwald practicing his ski jumping.

7 Total Medals

3 Gold Medals

1 Silver Medal

3 Bronze Medals

Country: Austria

Sport: Nordic Combined Skiing

One thing to know: He appeared in five straightWinter Olympics from 1994 to 2010.


Apolo Anton Ohno

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesApolo Anton Ohno proudly displaying his medal count on his fingers.

8 Total Medals

2 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

4 Bronze Medals

Country: United States

Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

One thing to know: He is a three-time overall World Cup champion in speed skating, according to Sports Illustrated.


Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann

Simon Bruty/Getty ImagesGunda Niemann-Stirnemann skating in the 1994 Olympics.

8 Total Medals

3 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

1 Bronze Medal

Country: Germany

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: In her prime she was dubbed the “Ice Queen” by the media due to her dominance in speed skating, according to Britannica.


Karin Enke

8 Total Medals

3 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

1 Bronze Medal

Country: East Germany

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: She is the only woman in the history of the Winter Game to win eight medals in individual events.


Sven Kramer

Andreas Rentz/Getty ImagesSven Kramer celebrating his gold medal at the 2018 Olympics.

8 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: The Netherlands

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: At this year’s Olympics he won his third straight gold medal in the 5,000 meter event, the first man to ever achieve that streak, according to ESPN.


Sven Fischer

Clive Mason/Getty ImagesSven Fischer participating in a Biathlon event at the 2006 Olympics.

8 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Germany

Sport: Biathlon

One thing to know: He is also a seven-time Biathlon World Champion, per Fischer Sports.


Kjetil André Aamodt

Agence Zoom/Getty ImagesKjetil Andre Aamodt competing in the 2006 Olympics.

8 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Norway

Sport: Alpine Skiing

One thing to know: Several of his Olympics and World Championship medals were stolen from a safe in his father’s home, but later returned with the aid of an anonymous helper.


Galina Kulakova

8 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Soviet Union

Sport: Cross-country Skiing

One thing to know: She won gold in each of the three women’s cross-country skiing events at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, per NBC.


Ricco Groß

Clive Mason/Getty ImagesRicco Groß aiming his rifle during a biathlon event.

8 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

3 Silver Medals

1 Bronze

Country: Germany

Sport: Biathlon

One thing to know: He is the only biathlete in history to win four Olympic relay titles.


Viktor Ahn

Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesViktor Ahn celebrating earning a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics.

8 Total Medals

6 Gold Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: South Korea/Russia

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: He was originally named Ahn Hyun-soo, but after falling out of favour with the South Korean skating team he became a Russian citizen, joined the Russian team, and legally changed his name.


Uschi Disl

Stephen Munday/Getty Images

9 Total Medals

2 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

3 Bronze Medals

Country: Germany

Sport: Biathlon

One thing to know: She won medals in five straight Winter Olympics games from 1992 to 2006.


Sixten Jernberg

9 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

3 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Sweden

Sport: Cross-country Skiing

One thing to know: Jernberg once finished a 50km event despite having a fever and coughing up blood (per SkiTrax).


Claudia Pechstein

Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesClaudia Pechstein in action during the Sochi Olympics.

9 Total Medals

5 Gold Medals

2 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Germany

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: Pechstein, who appeared at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, made her Olympics debut in 1992.


Lyubov Yegorova

Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images

9 Total Medals

6 Gold Medals

3 Silver Medals

Country: Unified Team/Russia

Sport: Cross-country Skiing

One thing to know: In 1997 she failed a doping test and was banned from the sport for two years (per Eurosport).


Stefania Belmondo

Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesStefania Belmondo celebrating winning a gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

10 Total Medals

2 Gold Medals

3 Silver Medals

5 Bronze Medals

Country: Italy

Sport: Cross-country Skiing

One thing to know: She lit the Olympic torch at the 2006 Winter Olympics in her native Italy.


Raisa Smetanina

10 Total Medals

4 Gold Medals

5 Silver Medals

1 Bronze Medal

Country: Soviet Union/Unified Team

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing

One thing to know: Smetatina was the first woman to win 10 Winter Olympics medals.


Ireen Wüst

Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty ImagesIreen Wurst recently became the most decorated speed skater in Olympics history.

10 Total Medals

5 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

1 Bronze Medal

Country: The Netherlands

Sport: Speed Skating

One thing to know: Wüst is openly bisexual, and the most decorated LGBTQ Winter Olympian in history, per Outsports.


Marit Bjørgen

Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesMarit Bjørgen competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

12 Total Medals

6 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

2 Bronze Medals

Country: Norway

Sport: Cross-country Skiing

One thing to know: Bjørgen has won two medals at Pyeongchang, which is her fifth straightWinter Olympics appearance.


Bjørn Dæhlie

Bob Martin/Getty ImagesBjørn Dæhlie celebrating winning a cross-country ski race.

12 Total Medals

8 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

Country: Norway

Sport: Cross-country skiing

One thing to know: Daehlie has his own eponymous line of cross-country skiing clothes.


Ole Einar Bjørndalen

Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesBjørndalen after he won a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

13 Total Medals

8 Gold Medals

4 Silver Medals

1 Bronze Medal

Country: Norway

Sport: Biathlon

One thing to know: He has also won over 40 medals in over 20 appearances at the Biathlon World Championships, per NBC.

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