Marit Bjørgen (born 21 March 1980) is a Norwegian cross-country skier and six times Olympic champion from Midtre Gauldal, Norway. Bjørgen is the most successful female winter Olympian of all time. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings with sixty-four individual victories. Bjørgen is also the most successful sprinter in Cross-Country World Cup history, with twenty-five 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.
She is a member of Rognes IL.
Elizabeth "Liz" Stephen (born January 12, 1987) is an American cross country skier who has competed since 2005. Her best World Cup finish was fourth in a team sprint event at Whistler Olympic Park in January 2009 while her best individual finish was 24th in a 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit event also at Whistler Olympics Park in January 2009.
At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Stephen had her best finish of 14th in the 4 x 5 km relay and her best individual finish of 15th in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit.
It was announced on 19 January 2010 that she had qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics where she finished 50th in the 10 km and 58th in the 15 km mixed pursuit.
At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo, Stephen finished 16th in the Women's 30 kilometre Freestyle, as the first of the four Americans in the class, with a time of 1:30:07.
Stephen was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the 15 kilometer skiathlon, she placed 12th (out of 61 competitors) with a time of 40:09.6.