Raisa SMETANINA

Soviet Union SUN

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    5 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    5
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1976
  • Year of Birth
    1952
Olympic Results

Biography

Raisa SMETANINA

She is the first woman to win 10 medals in her career. She is also the first athlete to step onto the podium at five editions of the Olympic Winter Games, and is one of only three Olympians to have won silver medals five times.

1976-1992, writing history over 16 years

Smetanina began her Olympic journey in 1976 by taking a silver medal in the 5km race, missing a gold medal by just over one second. The next day she won the 10km by less than a second over Helena Takalo. She gained a second gold medal as a member of the USSR's 4x5km relay team.

In 1980 Smetanina won the 5km race and added a silver in the relay. In 1984, she earned two silver medals and in 1988 a silver and a bronze. At the 1992 Winter Games, Smetanina won a final gold medal in the relay.

Less than two weeks shy of her 40th birthday, she became the oldest female medallist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#4
15 kilometres, Classical
15 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
G
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

S
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
B
20 kilometres, Freestyle
20 kilometres, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
#10
5 kilometres, Classical
5 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

S
10 kilometres
10 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#4
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#11
5 kilometres
5 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

#4
10 kilometres
10 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
G
5 kilometres
5 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1976

G
10 kilometres
10 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
G
4 × 5 kilometres Relay
4 × 5 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
S
5 kilometres
5 kilometres Cross Country Skiing

GO OLYMPIC. GET ALL THIS.

Free live sport events. Unlimited access to series. Unrivalled Olympic news & highlights.