At 13, chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen became the youngest grandmaster. His rating of 2,872 was the highest ever in history. He also recorded the longest unbeaten run in chess. Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “sexiest men of 2013,”he has also modeled for G-Star Raw, owns a chess-app company, and loves football.
Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.
Norwegian footballer Joshua King is best known as a forward for Watford. A child prodigy, he began his youth career with Romsås IL at age 6. He has also represented teams such as Manchester United and the Blackburn Rovers. He won the prestigious Gullballen award in 2017.
Born to a golf enthusiast father, Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland was trained in the sport since age 11. He later scripted history by becoming the first from his country to win the U.S. Amateur, to compete in the Masters, and to win on the PGA European Tour.
Apart from being the first Norwegian tennis player to score an ATP title win, Casper Ruud also became the highest ranked player from his country ever. The son of legendary Norwegian tennis player Christian Ruud, Casper has begun his training in the game at age 4.
Norwegian former footballer John Carew has had successful stints with clubs such as Valencia, Aston Villa, and Lyon. He has also scored 24 goals for the Norwegian national team. Post-retirement, he stepped into acting, with roles in movies such as Dead of Winter and series such as Heimebane.
Norwegian rally and rallycross driver Petter Solberg was a teenager when he won the Norwegian Tamiya Cup and later won 10 FIA World Rallycross Championships and 13 World Rally Championships. He is married to Pernilla Walfridsson, who is herself a leading former rally driver and the daughter of rally driver Per-Inge "Pi" Walfridsson.
Swedish-born Norwegian MMA fighter Jack Hermansson, also known to fans as The Joker, is associated with the UFC. The former middleweight champion began his career with Greco-Roman wrestling, or French wrestling, at age 9. He moved to Norway at 19 and began his career in MMA.
Norwegian football manager and former footballer John Arne Riise is perhaps best known for his stint with Liverpool, having won 6 titles with them, including an FA Cup and a UEFA Champions League. He was honored with the Kniksen of the Year award in 2006.
Norwegian footballer Morten Gamst Pedersen who created headlines for being active in the game even at age 40, has previously been a star for the Blackburn Rovers. The Åsane midfielder is the son of former footballer Ernst Pedersen. He has also scored a hit song as part of the boyband The Players.
Norwegian striker Tore André Flo has also represented renowned clubs, including Chelsea and Leeds United as a player, winning multiple titles with the former, such as the FA Cup. He comes from a family of footballers and is also known for his decade-long association with Chelsea as their coaching staff.
Karsten Warholm is a Norwegian athlete who won the gold medal in the men's 400 meters hurdles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Apart from winning the gold medal, he also broke his own world record by finishing the race in 45.94 seconds. In 2021, Karsten Warholm won the prestigious World Male Athlete of the Year award.
Tagged by the media as Boxing’s First Lady, Norwegian boxer/kickboxer Cecilia Braekhu scripted history by becoming the first female boxer to hold the WBA, IBF, WBC, and WBO titles at the same time. Colombian-born Braekhu was adopted by a Norwegian couple as a 2-year-old and began boxing as a teenager.
Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg became the top women’s club goal-scorer in UEFA history in 2019. She was part of the silver-winning Norwegian team at the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship. The Ballon d'Or Féminin winner has also been a 5-time UEFA Women's Champions League champion with Lyon.
The youngest of the Ingebrigtsen runner brothers from Norway, Jakob Ingebrigtsen was 17 when he won both the 1500m and 5000m at the 2018 European Championships. Trained by his award-winning sports coach father, Gjert Ingebrigtsen, he also won a gold in the 1500 m. at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Emil Weber Meek is a Norwegian mixed martial artist best known for competing in the UFC's Welterweight division. He is also known for his participation in the Venator Fighting Championship where he was a former Welterweight Champion.
Henning Berg is a Norwegian former professional football player best known for his participation in the Premier League. He is the first player to win the EPL with two different clubs, having won the titles with Manchester United as well as Blackburn Rovers. Berg was also an important player for the national team at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a Norwegian former biathlete and coach. Nicknamed the King of Biathlon, Bjørndalen has 13 Winter Olympic Games medals under his belt and is second only to Marit Bjørgen, who has 15 medals, in the list of multiple medalists. Having won 45 medals, Ole Einar Bjørndalen is also the most successful biathlete at the Biathlon World Championships.
Norwegian footballer Håvard Nordtveit is best known as a defender/defensive midfielder for the German club Hoffenheim. He began his youth career with Norwegian clubs such as Vats 94 and Haugesund. He has also played for Arsenal and Fulham. He once lost a tooth following a clash with Norwegian footballer Bernt Hulsker.
Omar Elabdellaoui is a Norwegian football player best known for his association with the Olympiacos Football Club with which he has won four Super League Greece tournaments. Omar Elabdellaoui has also been an important player for the Norwegian national team since 2013.
Stefan Johansen is a Norwegian football player and the current captain of the popular English football club Queens Park Rangers. An attacking midfielder, Johansen won the 2013 Kniksen Award under the Midfielder of the Year category. The following year, he was honored with the prestigious Gullballen award. Stefan Johansen announced his retirement from international football in 2021.
Alexandra Andresen is a Norwegian heiress who made headlines in 2016 when she became the youngest billionaire in the world at the age of 19! She was named the world's youngest billionaire by Forbes for three consecutive years. Alexandra Andresen has also modeled for the equestrian clothing company KingsLand and has won several honors and awards in horse dressage competitions.
Ola Kamara is a Norwegian football player who plays as a striker. Although his father is from Sierra Leone, Kamara chose to represent Norway in international football as his mother is from Norway. Apart from playing for popular clubs like D.C. United, Ola Kamara has also been an important player for the Norway national team since 2013.
Norwegian former footballer Ronny Deila, who now coaches New York City FC, had a successful stint with Odds Ballklubb as a player, winning the Norwegian Football Cup with them. The Kniksen Coach of the Year award winner made headlines for stripping down to his underwear after New York City’s first MLS Cup win.
Known for both his speed and technical expertise, Norwegian ski racer Kjetil Andre Aamodt has won 8 Olympic medals, including 4 golds. He is also a 5-time World Champion, has won a World Cup race in each of the 5 disciplines, and has been named to the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame.
Best known for his long stint with Manchester United, which saw him win numerous titles, such as the FA Cup and the Premier League, retired Norwegian footballer Ronny Johnsen has also competed at the FIFA World Cup for Norway. He has also won a Kniksen Award and now coaches Eik Tønsberg.
Ørjan Nyland is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. In 2012, he helped Hødd win the Norwegian Cup by winning the man of the match award in the finals. He then went on to win two more Norwegian Cups with Molde in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Nyland won the Tippeligaen Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Bersant Celina is a Kosovan football player who has played for popular teams like Manchester City, Swansea City, and Ipswich Town. During the 2018–19 season, one of his goals for Swansea City was adjudged Goal of the Season. Raised in Norway, Bersant Celina represented the Norway national team at youth level before playing for the Kosovo national senior team.
Norwegian cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo was 21 when he won 3 gold medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and later won 2 more Olympic golds. He became the youngest male Olympic champion in the sport. The sports star had started skiing at age 2 and was also passionate about football.
Aksel Lund Svindal is a former alpine ski racer. A two-time World Cup champion, Svindal is widely regarded as the best Norwegian alpine skier of all time. During the course of his illustrious career, Aksel Lund Svindal won two Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and an Olympic bronze medal. He also won five gold medals at World Championships.
Leading former golfer Suzann Pettersen, also known as Tutta, was 6 when she participated in her first tournament. Initially also interested in skiing, Pettersen later focused on golf. Her illustrious career saw her win 22 titles, 15 of them on the LPGA Tour and 6 on the LET.
Jan Åge Fjørtoft is a Norwegian retired professional football player who played as a centre forward in Norway, Austria, Germany, and England. Nicknamed The Feather, Fjørtoft was renowned for his agility and speed. Jan Åge Fjørtoft also captained the Norway national team in 15 games.
Brede Hangeland is a Norwegian retired professional football player. He is best known for helping the Viking Fotballklubb win the prestigious Norwegian Football Cup in 2001. He also won the Danish Superliga in 2006 and 2007 with FC Copenhagen. Brede Hangeland served as the captain for the Norwegian national team from 2008 until his resignation.
Norwegian gridiron footballer Kaare Vedvik is best known as a placekicker and punter for the Canadian team Saskatchewan Roughriders. He showed his brilliance even as high-school player, as an exchange student in Kansas. While he aspired to be a wide receiver, his coaches pushed him to be a placekicker.
Johannes Thingnes Bø is a Norwegian biathlete who has won five Olympic gold medals so far. He has also won 12 World Championship gold medals and is the third-most successful male biathlete with 55 individual World Cup wins under his belt. Thanks to his fast skiing and incredible shooting accuracy, Johannes has become the most dominant biathlete in recent past.
A 5-time Olympian, Norwegian skier Marit Bjørgen has 15 Olympic medals, including 8 golds, which is a Winter Olympics record in itself. She had begun competing at 7 and also has 18 World Championship gold medals. Her use of an anti-asthma drug once caused doping rumors.
Ståle Solbakken is a Norwegian football manager and retired player. One of the most successful managers of his generation, Solbakken helped Copenhagen win eight Danish Superliga championships. In 2004, he was named Norwegian Manager of the Year. Ståle Solbakken also had a successful playing career until he suffered a heart attack in 2001.
Åge Hareide is a Norwegian football manager and former player. A popular coach, Hareide has managed the Norway national team as well as the Denmark national football team. He has also won league titles in each and every Scandinavian country that plays professional football. Åge Hareide also had a successful playing career and represented teams like Manchester City and Molde.
Markus Henriksen is a Norwegian football player best known for his association with Rosenborg Ballklub for which he won the Eliteserien in 2009 and 2010. He has also represented other popular teams like AZ Alkmaar, winning the KNVB Cup for the team in 2013. Since 2010, Markus Henriksen has been an important player for the Norwegian national team.
Ghanaian-born footballer Alexander Tettey moved to Norway at 13, where he began his youth career with Bodø/Glimt. He later had successful stints as a defensive midfielder with teams such as Rosenborg and Norwich City, winning 2 EFL Championships with the latter and 2 Eliteserien championships with the former.
Norwegian footballer Sander Berge is best known for his association with the English club Sheffield United. He has also played for Genk in Belgium and for Vålerenga and Asker in Norway. Interestingly, his father, mother, and older brother were all international basketball players, while he followed his grandfather, footballer Ragnar Berge.
The eldest of the Ingebrigtsen runner brothers from Norway, Henrik Ingebrigtsen is a 2-time Olympian. He also won a gold in 1500m at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki. In 2018, he won the Payton Jordan Invitational by 0.005 seconds, while the following year, he set a 3000m Norwegian record.
Jo Inge Berget is a Norwegian footballer who has played for popular clubs in places like Italy, Wales, Sweden, Scotland, and the US. A popular name in Norway, Jo Inge Berget helped Strømsgodset win the 2010 Norwegian Football Cup. He also had a successful stint with Molde, winning the Eliteserien in 2011 and 2012 and the Norwegian Cup in 2013.
Tarik Elyounoussi is a Moroccan-born Norwegian professional football player whose international debut goal for the Norwegian national team against Uruguay in 2008 within four minutes on the pitch is considered one of the fastest debut goals ever in an international match. In the domestic circuit, Tarik Elyounoussi helped the Olympiacos Football Club win the Super League Greece tournament in 2017.
Therese Johaug is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has won four Olympic gold medals. With 14 World Championship gold medals under her belt, Johaug is one of the most successful Norwegian cross-country skiers of all time. Although her 18-month suspension for doping in 2016 tarnished her image somewhat, Therese Johaug has remained an inspiration to many budding cross-country skiers.
Petter Northug is a Norwegian retired cross-country skier best known for winning four medals, including two gold medals, at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also won 13 gold medals at World Championships and is widely regarded as the greatest cross country skier.
Grete Waitz was a Norwegian marathon runner who became the first female runner to complete a marathon in less than two and a half hours in 1979. A former world record holder, Waitz won a record nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988. Grete Waitz is also remembered for winning the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.