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Charlotte Kalla
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Charlotte Kalla in February 2019
Country  Sweden
Full name Marina Charlotte Kalla
Born (1987-07-22) 22 July 1987 (age 36)
Tärendö, Norrbotten, Sweden
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Ski club Piteå Elit
World Cup career
Seasons 17 – (2006–2022)
Individual wins 12
Team wins 3
Indiv. podiums 59
Team podiums 15
Indiv. starts 266
Team starts 30
Overall titles 0 – (4th in 2008, 2012)
Discipline titles 0
Medal record
Women's cross-country skiing
Representing  Sweden
International nordic ski competitions
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 6 0
World Championships 3 6 4
Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver 10 km freestyle
Gold 2014 Sochi 4 × 5 km relay
Gold 2018 Pyeongchang 15 km skiathlon
Silver 2010 Vancouver Team sprint
Silver 2014 Sochi 15 km skiathlon
Silver 2014 Sochi 10 km classical
Silver 2018 Pyeongchang 10 km freestyle
Silver 2018 Pyeongchang 4 × 5 km relay
Silver 2018 Pyeongchang Team sprint
World Championships
Gold 2011 Oslo Team sprint
Gold 2015 Falun 10 km freestyle
Gold 2019 Seefeld 4 × 5 km relay
Silver 2011 Oslo 4 × 5 km relay
Silver 2013 Val di Fiemme Team sprint
Silver 2013 Val di Fiemme 4 × 5 km relay
Silver 2015 Falun 4 × 5 km relay
Silver 2017 Lahti 10 km classical
Silver 2017 Lahti 4 × 5 km relay
Bronze 2009 Liberec 4 × 5 km relay
Bronze 2015 Falun 15 km skiathlon
Bronze 2015 Falun 30 km classical
Bronze 2017 Lahti 15 km skiathlon
Junior World Championships
Gold 2006 Kranj 10 km pursuit
Gold 2007 Tarvisio 10 km pursuit
Gold 2007 Tarvisio 5 km freestyle 
Silver 2006 Kranj 4 × 3.33 km relay
Silver 2007 Tarvisio Individual sprint
Silver 2007 Tarvisio 4 × 3.33 km relay
Bronze 2006 Kranj 5 km classical

Marina Charlotte Kalla (born 22 July 1987 in Tärendö) is a Swedish retired cross-country skier. A four-time Olympian, Kalla won three golds and nine medals overall at the Olympics between 2004 and 2022. She holds the joint record as Sweden's most decorated Olympic competitor and is the all-time leader among Swedish female athletes. She is also a 13-time medalist at the World Championships, including a gold medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 10 km freestyle event in Falun. This made Kalla the first Swedish female cross-country skier to win individual golds in both the Olympics and World Championships.

She retired from competitive skiing after the Swedish Championships in March 2022.

Winter Olympics

2010 Winter Olympics

Kalla won the gold medal in the women's 10 km individual for Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with a time of 24:58.4. She also won a silver in the team sprint event with Anna Haag at those same games.

2014 Winter Olympics

Kalla won a silver medal in the skiathlon event on 8 February in Sochi, and another silver in the classical race on 13 February. In the 4 × 5 km women's relay race, held on 15 February, she ran in the final leg and started third with a 25.7 sec lag behind the first place and a 19.9 lag behind the second place, but totally reduced the gap, and overtook her competitors in the final straight, giving Sweden the gold medal.

2018 Winter Olympics

Kalla took the first gold medal awarded at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang when she won the skiathlon, breaking away from the leading group on the last lap of the course to take victory with a lead of 7.8 seconds over second-placed Marit Bjørgen. Her win made her the first Swedish woman to win three Winter Olympic golds, and tied her with canoer Agneta Andersson as the female Swede with most Olympic gold medals overall. It was also Kalla's sixth Olympic medal, equalling Anja Pärson's record for the most Winter Olympic medals among Swedish women. She then went on to win silver in the 10 km freestyle individual start, the 4 × 5 km relay (together with Anna Haag, Ebba Andersson and Stina Nilsson) and the team sprint (with Stina Nilsson).

2022 Winter Olympics

Kalla competed in three events at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, her fourth appearance at the Games. Her highest placing was in the 15-km skiathlon, where she finished 19th as the defending champion. Kalla announced her retirement from international competition later that winter.

Other competitions

On 6 January 2008, Kalla won the second edition of Tour de Ski in her debut in the event.

On 17–18 April 2015, Kalla participated and placed second in Keb Classic, a ski mountaineering event in Kebnekaise, Sweden, with Emelie Forsberg and Josefina Wikberg.

Personal life

Kalla was born in Tärendö in Norrbotten, Sweden. She is the eldest of three daughters.

In 2023, Kalla competed on the Swedish reality TV series Let's Dance, pairing with professional dancer Tobias Karlsson. Kalla became pregnant before the competition started, becoming the first dancer to participate while pregnant.

Kalla is of Tornedalian Finnish descent.

Cross-country skiing results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Olympic Games

  • 9 medals – (3 gold, 6 silver)
 Year   Age   10 km 
 individual 
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
 mass start 
 Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2010 22 Gold 8 6 5 Silver
2014 26 Silver Silver 34 Gold
2018 30 Silver Gold 5 Silver Silver
2022 34 20 19 35

World Championships

  • 13 medals – (3 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km 
 individual 
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
 mass start 
 Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2007 19 5 7 4
2009 21 8 18 6 Bronze
2011 23 11 4 4 8 Silver Gold
2013 25 7 6 11 11 Silver Silver
2015 27 Gold Bronze Bronze Silver
2017 29 Silver Bronze 7 Silver
2019 31 9 6 5 Gold
2021 33 6 5 DNF 6

World Cup

Season standings

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
Ski Tour
2020
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2006 18 78 NC 48 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 19 37 28 39 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2008 20 4 7 18 N/A 1 N/A 18 N/A
2009 21 12 12 17 N/A N/A 3 N/A
2010 22 8 4 52 N/A N/A 3 N/A
2011 23 5 6 12 3 5 N/A N/A N/A
2012 24 4 4 15 4 7 N/A 3 N/A
2013 25 8 7 20 7 N/A 3 N/A
2014 26 7 4 38 2 N/A 5 N/A
2015 27 7 4 21 5 N/A N/A N/A
2016 28 5 4 22 6 4 N/A N/A 12
2017 29 9 5 69 11 N/A 8 N/A
2018 30 7 6 43 1 N/A 7 N/A
2019 31 10 7 35 4 N/A 10 N/A
2020 32 14 10 69 14 12 15 N/A N/A
2021 33 53 42 N/A N/A N/A
2022 34 31 20 NC N/A 16 N/A N/A N/A

Individual podiums

  • 12 victories – (7 WC, 5 SWC)
  • 59 podiums – (35 WC, 24 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2007–08 24 November 2007 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
2 29 December 2007 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Pursuit F  Stage World Cup  1st
3 1 January 2008 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
4 4 January 2008 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
5 5 January 2008 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km Mass Start C Stage World Cup 2nd
6 28 December 2007
– 6 January 2008
Czech RepublicItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 1st
7 16 February 2008 Czech Republic Liberec, Czech Republic 7.6 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
8 8 March 2008 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
9 2008–09 22 November 2008 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
10 8 March 2009 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
11 20 March 2009 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2.5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
12 20–22 March 2009 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
13 2009–10 21 November 2009 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
14 12 December 2009  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
15 5 February 2010 Canada Canmore, Canada 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
16 19 March 2010 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2.5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
17 21 March 2010 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
18 19–21 March 2010 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
19 2010–11 20 November 2010 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
20 26–28 November 2010 Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
21 31 December 2010 Germany Oberhof, Germany 2.8 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
22 3 January 2011 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F Stage World Cup 2nd
23 20 February 2011 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
24 2011–12 19 November 2011 Norway Sjusjøen, Norway 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
25 25 November 2011 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 1.2 km Sprint C Stage World Cup 2nd
26 26 November 2011 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 3rd
27 7 January 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km Mass Start C Stage World Cup 3rd
28 4 February 2012 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 10 km Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
29 16 March 2012 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2.5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
30 18 March 2012 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 2nd
31 16–18 March 2012 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
32 2012–13 29 December 2012 Germany Oberhof, Germany 3 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
33 3 January 2013 Italy Cortina, Italy 15 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 2nd
34 22 March 2013 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2.5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
35 24 March 2013 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
36 22–24 March 2013 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
37 2013–14 1 December 2013 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
38 29 November 2013
– 1 December 2013
Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
39 7 December 2013 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
40 14 December 2013  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
41 1 February 2014 Italy Toblach, Italy 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
42 2 March 2014 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
43 2014–15 30 November 2014 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
44 15 February 2015 Sweden Östersund, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
45 8 March 2015 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
46 2015–16 28 November 2015 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd
47 5 December 2015 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 2nd
48 2016–17 7 January 2017 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km Mass Start C Stage World Cup 3rd
49 21 January 2017 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
50 19 February 2017 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
51 2017–18 25 November 2017 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Individual C Stage World Cup 2nd
52 26 November 2017 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
53 24–26 November 2017 Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup 1st
54 3 December 2017 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 1st
55 16 December 2017 Italy Toblach, Italy 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
56 21 January 2018 Slovenia Planica, Slovenia 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
57 2018–19 25 November 2018 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
58 1 December 2018 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 10 km Individual F Stage World Cup 3rd
59 8 December 2018 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd

Team podiums

  • 3 victories – (2 RL, 1 TS)
  • 15 podiums – (14 RL, 1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 2006–07 17 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F  World Cup  2nd L. Andersson / Lindborg / Norgren
2 4 February 2007  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st L. Andersson / Strömstedt / Norgren
3 25 March 2007 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Dahlberg / Rydqvist / Norgren
4 2007–08 28 October 2007 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 0.8 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Norgren
5 2008–09 23 November 2008 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Hansson / Norgren / Haag
6 7 December 2008 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd L. Andersson / Lindborg / Haag
7 2009–10 22 November 2009 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Olsson / Lindborg / Haag
8 2010–11 21 November 2010 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Norgren / Haag / Rydqvist
9 12 December 2010 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Lindborg / Haag / Rydqvist
10 2012–13 25 November 2012 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Ingemarsdotter / Bleckur / Larsen
11 2016–17 22 January 2017 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd  Ingemarsdotter / Henriksson / Falk 
12 2018–19 27 January 2019 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Settlin / E. Andersson / Sundling
13 2019–20 8 December 2019 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Ribom / Rönnlund / Lundgren
14 1 March 2020 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Karlsson / Öhrn / Dahlqvist
15 2020–21 24 January 2021 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Ribom / Modig / E. Andersson

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