Marit Bjørgen (born 21 March 1980) is a Norwegian cross-country skier and six times Olympic champion from Midtre Gauldal, Norway. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings with seventy-five individual victories. Bjørgen is also the most successful sprinter in Cross-Country World Cup history, with twenty-nine victories. One of her most notable achievements was becoming the most successful athlete at the 2010 Winter Olympics by winning five medals, including three gold medals. She also won three gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics. With her 2014 medals, she became, alongside Raisa Smetanina and Stefania Belmondo, the most medaled female Winter Olympian. However she has more gold medals amongst her 10 Olympic medals than either of them. She is well known for her endurance, fitness, technical strength, mental toughness, and also her finishing sprints. She excels equally in both classic and skate style skiing, and does well through all distances from the sprint events to the long distance ones.