Ragnhild Myklebust – the most successful winter Paralympian ever!

In the absence of any questions as yet for ‘Ask the Anorak’ and in the interest of fairness I thought I’d do a short blog on the most successful winter Paralympian ever. As with the summer Olympic Games the summer Paralympic Games gets far more coverage than its winter counterpart. As with the summer Games the most successful winter Paralympian is a woman – Ragnhlid Myklebust from Norway. Ragnhild has won a total of 27 medals including 22 gold in three sports (Bathlon, Cross Country Skiing & Ice Sledge Speed Racing) over five winter Paralympic Games from Innsbruck in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002. She won nine medals at the Lillehammer 1994 Games in these three sports. Although she might not have as many medals as Trischa Zorn she does have a claim to fame that even Trischa Zorn cannot match – she has never been beaten in cross country skiing at the winter Paralympic Games and she has never finished outside of the medals in any winter Paralympic Games event that she has entered – 27 events – 27 medals!

 

Biathlon

Cross Country

Ice Sledge

Overall

 

G

S

B

G

S

B

G

S

B

G

S

B

1988

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

1

0

5

1

0

1992

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1994

0

0

1

4

0

0

1

2

1

5

2

2

1998

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

2002

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

Total

2

0

1

16

0

0

4

3

1

22

3

2

Innsbruck, 1988

Gold – Cross Country Skiing Women’s Long Distance 5 km Gr II

Gold – Cross Country Skiing Women’s Short Distance 2.5 km Gr II

Gold – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 1,000 m Gr II

Gold – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 700 m Gr II

Gold – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 100 m Gr II

Silver – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 500 m Gr II

Tignes, 1992

Gold – Cross Country Skiing Women’s Long Distance 5 km LW10-11

Gold – Cross Country Skiing Women’s Short Distance 2.5 km LW10-11

Lillehammer, 1994

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 10 km Sitski LW10-11

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 2.5 km Sitski LW10-11

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 3×2.5 km Relay open

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 5 km Sitski LW10-11

Gold – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 700 m LW10-11

Silver – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 100 m LW10-11

Silver – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 500 m LW10-11

Bronze – Biathlon Women’s 7.5 km Free Technique LW2-9

Bronze – Ice Sledge Speed Racing Women’s 1,000 m LW10-11

Nagano, 1998

Gold – Biathlon Women’s 7.5 km Sitski LW10-12

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 10 km Sitski LW10-12

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 2.5 km Sitski LW10-12

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 5 km Sitski LW10-12

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 3×2.5 km Relay open

Salt Lake, 2002

Gold – Biathlon Women’s 7.5 km Sitski

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 10 km Sitski

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 2.5 km Sitski

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 5 km Sitski

Gold – Cross Country Women’s 3×2.5 km Relay open

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