These athletes have won the most all-time medals at the Winter Olympics. After Norway's win in biathlon's mixed relay in Sochi, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway became the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals.
Claudia Pechstein, 9 medals (1994 - present)
German speed skater Pechstein missed Vancouver while serving a two-year ban from competition over allegations that she used performance-enhancing drug, allegations she has refuted. She has five gold, two silver, and two bronze medals to her name; she entered Sochi with a chance to overtake Daehlie to become the all-time winningest Winter Olympian but had no podium finishes; she came up just short in the women's 3000m, finishing fourth.
Lyubov Yegorova, 9 medals (1992-1994)
Yegorova won nine medals in the shortened Olympiad when the Summer and Winter Games adopted a staggered schedule. She won six gold medals and three silvers in cross-country skiing representing first the Unified Team, and then Russia.
Sixten Jernberg, 9 medals (1956-1964)
The Swedish cross-country skier earned four gold medals, three silver and two bronze across three Olympic appearances.
Uschi Disl, 9 medals (1992-2006)
Disl, a German biathlete, won two gold, four silver and three bronze medals over five Olympic appearances.