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The Winter Olympics are filled with very tough, physically demanding, and dangerous sports. Many of winter sports involve harsh conditions and break-neck speeds. Here are some of the most decorated Winter Olympians in history.
Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie
Bjørn Erlend Dæhlie is the most decorated cross-country skiers in history. Between 1992 and 1999, he won six Nordic World Cups and was second place in 1994 and 1998. His incredible achievements resulted in 29 medals in the Winter Olympics and World Championships.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen is also known as “The King of Biathlon,” and for a good reason. He has 13 medals in the Winter Olympics, the most out of any Winter Olympian. His 44 medals in the sport of biathlon make him the winningest biathlete in history. Incidentally, those 44 medals are double the number of medals of any biathlete in the world. He won the World Cup 95 times and is the all-time leader in the Biathlon World Cup. He has six title victories in the Overall World Cup. In this respect, he is only equaled by the record-holder in the women’s division, Magdalena Forsberg.
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Claudia Pechstein is a speed skater from Germany. She won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics five times, the silver twice, and the bronze twice. He nine medals make her the most medaled speed skater at the Winter Olympics for both men and women’s divisions. Pechstein won medals in five straight Winter Olympics, the first female to achieve such a feat.
John Kasper is currently in medical sales. He was an Olympian in the 1998 Winter Olympics, participating in the sport of bobsledding. To learn more about Kasper and the Winter Olympics, visit this website.