Winter Olympics: Ole Einar Bjørndalen and the Top 20 Athletes with the Most Medals of All Time (Men)

Ole Einar Bjørndalen Won His 12th Winter Olympics Medal Today, Tying For The Most All Time

Ole Einar Bjørndalen Won His 12th Winter Olympics Medal Today, Tying For The Most All Time

So, who has the most Winter Olympics medals of all? The answer just changed in Sochi. And it could change again before the 2014 Winter Olympics is over.

Today, Ole Einar Bjørndalen won his first (?) medal of these games – and his 12th in total, tying him with Bjørn Dæhlie for the most of all time.

Dæhlie, who won his 12 in cross country skiing, had held the record since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. Bjørndalen just snagged his 12th in the biathlon 10-kilometer sprint and still has the biathlon men’s pursuit to go.

Both athletes are from Norway, naturally.

It all makes sense – the Norwegians are the kings of the Winter Olympics, and nine of them (most of any country) appear amongst the all-time men’s medal winners below.

Hope you’re enjoying the games. Tomorrow, come back to check out the all-time women’s medalists.

ATHLETE COUNTRY TOTAL MEDALS Sport G S B
1. Bjørn Dæhlie Norway 12 Cross Country Skiing 8 4 0
1. Ole Einar Bjørndalen Norway 12 Biathlon 7 4 1
3. Sixten Jernberg Sweden 9 Cross Country Skiing 4 3 2
4. Apolo Anton Ohno United States 8 Short Track Speed Skating 2 2 4
4. Sven Fischer Germany 8 Biathlon 4 2 2
4. Kjetil André Aamodt Norway 8 Alpine Skiing 4 2 2
4. Ricco Groß Germany 8 Biathlon 4 3 1
8. Felix Gottwald Austria 7 Nordic Combined 3 1 3
8. Vladimir Smirnov Kazakhstan/Soviet Union 7 Cross Country Skiing 1 4 2
8. Bogdan Musiol East Germany/Germany 7 Bobsled 1 5 1
8. Eero Mäntyranta Finland 7 Cross Country Skiing 3 2 2
8. Veikko Hakulinen Finland 7 Cross Country Skiing 3 3 1
8. Ivar Ballangrud Norway 7 Speed Skating 4 2 1
8. Clas Thunberg Finland 7 Speed Skating 5 1 1
15. Halvard Hanevold Norway 6 Biathlon 3 2 1
15. Thomas Alsgaard Norway 6 Cross Country Skiing 5 1 0
15. Mika Myllylä Finland 6 Cross Country Skiing 1 1 4
15. Rintje Ritsma Netherlands 6 Speed Skating 0 2 4
15. Sergey Chepikov Unified Team/Russia/Soviet Union 6 Biathlon 2 3 1
15. Vegard Ulvang Norway 6 Cross Country Skiing 3 2 1
15. Wolfgang Hoppe East Germany/Germany 6 Bobsled 2 3 1
15. Gunde Svan Sweden 6 Cross Country Skiing 4 1 1
15. Harri Kirvesniemi Finland 6 Cross Country Skiing 0 0 6
15. Eugenio Monti Italy 6 Bobsled 2 2 2
15. Johan Grøttumsbraaten Norway 6 Cross Country Skiing / Nordic Combined
3 1 2
15. Roald Larsen Norway 6 Speed Skating 0 2 4

But in which Olympics did all these great olympians collect their booties? Please check out my source, sports-reference.com, where I ran this query, for all the answers.

Photo: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images via abc.net.au

Posted on February 8, 2014, in Olympics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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