Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing featured twelve medal events in PyeongChang 2018 which saw many of the favourite nations atop the podium.

Biggest surprise

Strong team performances both in the 4x10km men’s relay and men’s team sprint gave France two bronze medals. Maurice Manificat, Jean-Marc Gaillard, Clement Parisse and Adrian Backscheider earned France its third Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, after taking silver in the men's sprint free in Turin 2006 and also finishing third in the men's relay in Sochi 2014. Only a few days later, Manificat and Richard Jouve claimed bronze in the team sprint. It was the first time France has won two medals in this sport at a single Olympic Winter Games.



Records

Marit Bjoergen (NOR) equalled the record of most gold medals won at the Olympic Winter Games when she won her eighth gold in the ladies' 30km mass start classic on the final day of the Olympics on Sunday. Following her haul of four medals in PyeongChang the Norwegian cross-country ace has claimed 15 career Olympic medals in total, to move ahead of her fellow countrymen Ole Einar Bjørndalen (Biathlon) and Bjorn Daehlie (Cross-Country Skiing) as the most successful Winter Olympian in history.



Dario Cologna (SUI) became the first cross-country skier to win three Olympic titles in one specific men's event after claiming the 15km free technique gold in PyeongChang 2018, adding the title to his gold medal in the 15km event at Sochi 2014 (classic) and Vancouver 2010 (free).



Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo (NOR) became the youngest Olympic champion in men's cross-country skiing with victory in the men's sprint classic. At 21 years and 114 days old, Klaebo surpassed Gunde Svan (SWE), who won the men's 15km classic at the Sarajevo 1984 Olympic Winter Games at the age of 22 years and 32 days old. Klaebo became the first Norwegian man to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Winter Games since biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) won four at Salt Lake City 2002.



Best venue moment

Iivo Niskanen won Finland's first gold at PyeongChang 2018 in any sport, when he won the final race, the men's 50km classic. The current FIS World Champion in the 15km classic extended his classic technique dominance to the 50km. 



Medal table

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

NOR

7

4

3

13

SWE

3

2

1

6

FIN

1

1

2

4

SUI

1

0

0

1

USA

1

0

0

1

OAR

0

3

5

8

ITA

0

1

0

1

FRA

0

0

2

2