[b 25] A short fanfare of music was placed, the athletes arrived, and the medals, in the order of gold, silver, and bronze, were given with flowers. The exhibition gala took place on 21 February. The Canadian, Jean-Luc Brassard, gold medalist from the 1994 Winter Olympics, finished in fourth. Italy and Austria rounded out the medal table. This was an increase from 61 events in 12 disciplines across six sports from the 1994 Winter Olympics. The first matches started at 4:00 pm on 7 February featuring Kazakhstan defeating Italy 5–3, and Slovakia tying Austria 2–2. Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki, also known as the Snowlets are the 1998 Winter Olympic mascots and are four snowy owls. The first men's event, the 20 km individual race, took place on 11 February. [a 33] Ticket sales were worth 10.5 billion. Of this, the Japanese national government spent 51.1 billion, the Nagano prefectural government spent 29.6 billion, and the cities and towns of Nagano, 23.4 billion; Hakuba, 1 billion; and Nozawa Onsen, 1.1 billion; shared the remaining 25.5 billion. At the 1994 Winter Olympics, the Japanese team were the favorites but Harada jumped poorly, costing the Japanese the gold medal. The figure skating events took place at the White Ring (arena), an indoor arena built for the Games in Nagano City. [a 44] Marketing for the games cost the organizing committee 5.9 billion yen. The 1998 Winter Olympics featured 68 medal events over 14 disciplines in seven sports. [a 64] The MPC also included a press conference room for 600 people. Host Japan won one gold medal. The biathlon competitions took place at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, north of Nagano City. At the Games in Nagano, both the men's and the women's curling tournament took place at Kazakoshi Park Arena in Karuizawa, Nagano, 30 minutes by bullet train (shinkansen) south of Nagano City. 72 nations participated in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games for a total of 2,176 athletes, of which 787 were female and 1,389 were male. Canada only lost to the Dordi Nordby team from Norway, and Sweden's only loss was to Canada. Sapporo was chosen; however, the games never took place because of World War II. The Nagano Olympics were the first where athletes wore clap skates. [b 7] Aqua Wing is approximately 5 kilometers from Nagano Station. Russia won five medals, including three gold and two silver. Kim won with a time of 1:32.375, 0.053 seconds ahead of the silver medalist. The German athlete, Georg Hackl, who had won gold at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics, had entered the competition winless in the 1997–1998 season. Two sports, curling and snowboarding were added to the program, as was women's ice hockey. This was an increase from 61 events in 12 disciplines across six sports from the 1994 Winter Olympics . The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XVIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver)[1] (Japanese: 第十八回オリンピック冬季競技大会, Dai Jūhachi-kai Orinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai) and commonly known as Nagano 1998, were a winter multi-sport event held from 7 to 22 February 1998, mainly in Nagano, Japan. Won Hye-kyung, also of South Korea, won the bronze a further 0.18 seconds behind. For the Winter Paralympics, see, Participating National Olympic Committees. In addition, new highways were built, including the Nagano Expressway and the Jōshin-etsu Expressway and upgrades were made to existing roads. In all, 68 athletes from 19 countries participated. The nations of Azerbaijan, Kenya, Macedonia, Uruguay, and Venezuela participated in their first Winter Olympic Games. Juan Antonio Samaranch declared the Games closed, and the cauldron was extinguished.[16]. Germany finished on top of the table with 29 medals, including 12 gold, nine silver, and eight bronze. The Canadian Marc Gagnon, who was in second place, fell with two laps remaining. Form 8453-OL (1998) Page 2 Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. The final match was played on Sunday 22 February from 1:45 pm, and the Czech Republic defeated Russia 1–0. Canada won one silver, with China and Germany each winning one bronze. The United States won three gold medals. **Italien og Canada fik begge guld i tomands bobslæde (3:37,24 min) , [b 20] Temporary restaurants and shops were also available during the Games. [a 73] The American broadcasting network, CBS, paid 375 million US dollars, to distribute the Games in the United States. The MPC had a surface area of 42,728 m2, with one principal room for 600 journalists of 1430m2 and another of 5100m2 that was rented by various press agencies. In addition, each relay was followed by two groups of 11 vehicles and more than 20 people. The Olympic Flame Relay in Japan was sponsored by Coca-Cola, lasted 33 days and travelled 1,162 kilometers. The normal hill jumps took place on 11 February in front of 45,000 spectators. Austria won 11 medals, including three gold. Bedste nation blev Tyskland med 12 guldmedaljer. [b 6] Aqua Wing Arena was the second ice hockey arena at the Games. [b 4] In addition, another 114.9 kilometers of roads within Nagano Prefecture were improved. The stadium, which held the opening and closing ceremonies, resembles a cherry blossom, a symbol of Japan. This increased the number of sports to seven, and the number of disciplines to 14. The Organizing Committee established Main Press Center (MPC, over two buildings, and 17 annexes throughout the different sites. 8,000 spectators can watch the free style skiing on a course that 250 meters long and 12,000 can watch the jumps. On 12 February 1990, the bid delegation presented its candidature at the IOC in Lausanne before Juan Antonio Samaranch. [b 12], Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, in the town of Nozawaonsen, was site of biathlon. The exterior of the torch was painted silver, to represent winter. Five sites, all constructed for the Games, are located in the city of Nagano. [a 29] Another 8.6 billion was spent on the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, 7 billion for Snow Harp – the cross-country skiing venue, and 3 billion for the biathlon venue at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. Complicating matters is that many of the venues had one single road in-out, which limited possibilities and led to traffic jams. Høgdeskilnad: 165 m The 1998 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. It cost 34.8 billion. In all, there were 48 athletes. The last jumper was Funaki who jumped 125 meters, and the Japanese team became Olympic champions with 933.0 points. [a 66] ORTO'98 was created between NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and NAOC. The sporting program started and ended with ice hockey. We need it to ensure that you are complying with these laws … [a 7] In 1989, the bid committee was reorganized, with the Japanese Prime Minister as head of the committee. [a 14] In addition, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tadashi Tsuda, served as director-general. [b 36] It was the first time in Olympic history that an athlete was disqualified for marijuana. [b 3] In May 1993, the 75.8-kilometer section of the Nagano Expressway was completed, and in October 1997, the 111.4 kilometer section of the Jōshin-etsu Expressway was completed. They represent respectively fire (Sukki), air (Nokki), earth (Lekki) and water (Tsukki) and together they represent the four major islands of Japan. South Korea won six medals, including three gold. Germany dominated the medal table with 29 medals, including 12 gold. [b 33], In addition to the top three athletes in each event, more than 19,000 commemorative medals were given to all athletes, offices, members of the IOC, media personnel, and others. These were the team from Great Britain, made up of Sean Olsson, Dean Ward, Courtney Rumbolt, and Paul Attwood; and the team from France, composed of Bruno Mingeon, Emmanuel Hostache, Éric Le Chanony, and Max Robert. With three kilometers to the finish line, the Finnish athlete, 18-year-old Samppa Lajunen, who was sixth after the jumps, caught up with Stoliarov. [3], Transportation systems for the Games ran for 33 days, from the opening of the Athletes Village until 25, 3 February days after the closing ceremony. In the gold medal game, Canada defeated Denmark by a score of 7–5. This was 16 days and included three weekends. The Japanese, who had dominated the 1997–98 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup season, were the favorites. It includes three tracks of 4.8, 4.8, and 7.8 kilometers, 6 meters wide. The high speed train network carried 655,000 passengers during the Games. [b 28] The gold medals weighed 256g, the silver medals weighed 250g, and the bronze medals weighed 230g. [b 34] Diplomas, written in Japanese, French, and English, were given to the top eight finishers in each event, and all participants received a commemorative diploma. [b 29] These medals were made using a traditional Japanese lacquerware technique known as 漆器 (shikki). Tickets sold for alpine skiing totaled 166,092; for ski jumping, 96,000, and speed skating, 93,000. For multiple sports, ski jumping, Nordic combined jumps, freestyle skiing, all three skating disciplines, bobsleigh, and curling, as well as the ceremonies, all tickets were sold. The United States had the largest athlete delegation with 186, followed by host Japan with 156, Canada with 144, and Germany with 125. He also had good points but only managed to win the bronze medal with 258.3. meters. ", "Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics – results & video highlights", "THE XVIII WINTER GAMES: OPENING CEREMONIES; The Latest Sport? Both the number of participating delegations and the number of athletes participating in the competition were, at the time, the most ever. The surprise gold medalist was Ekaterina Dafovska from Bulgaria, who had been ranked 51st at the previous Biathlon World Cup. In the round-robin tournament, the Americans finished first, with the Canadians second. The site has a capacity of 20,000 spectators. The cross-country skiing events took place at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, in the town of Nozawaonsen, approximately 50 kilometers north of Nagano. Curling was the additional sport, snowboarding was an additional discipling in skiing, and women's ice hockey was added to the ice hockey program. This compares, for example, with US$2.5 billion for the 2002 Winter Olympics, US$4.35 billion for the 2006 Winter Olympics, US$7.56 billion for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and US$51 billion for the 2014 Winter Olympics[8], Nagano is situated in a mountainous area of Japan that receives large snowfalls. 1: Planning and Support. [a 71]. In all, 228 athletes, including 126 men and 102 women, from 37 countries took part. [a 69] The Games were broadcast in 160 countries, 40 more than in Lillehammer,[a 70] and it was estimated that 10.7 billion viewers watched the Games over the 16-day period. Ruby won the second race, with Blanc missing the last gate and falling. Following a 2002 Winter Olympic bid scandal that occurred in the summer of 2000, Atlanta, host of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Nagano, and Sydney, host of the 2000 Summer Olympics, were suspected of similar improprieties in bidding practices. However, in the finals, the German Nicola Thost, a former gymnast, finished second in both legs, scored 74.6 points, which was enough for the gold medal. [a 49] The Sponsor Hospitality Village, next to the Nagano Olympic Stadium, welcomed 32,000 guests. The Nordic combined events were held at the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium and the Snow Harp, both in Hakuba village, 50 kilometers west of Nagano City. To accommodate the athletes and officials during the Games, the Olympic Village was constructed in Imai district, approximately 7 kilometers south of Nagano Station. The stadium can accommodate 20,000 spectators. The number of committee members was 511. [a 13] In June 1995, Salt Lake was chosen as the host of the following 2002 Winter Olympics. It was built to accommodate 10,000 spectators. Harada completely missed his jump, jumping only 79.5 meters, and despite Funaki having a good jump, Japan drop from first to fourth after the first round behind Austria, Germany, and Norway. In the men's giant slalom, the Canadian Jasey-Jay Anderson won the first race with a half-second lead ahead of Rebagliati. Løypelengd: 2 115 m, høgdeskilnad: 587 m, Dato: 16. februar In the 1500m, Dutch skater Marianne Timmer won gold with a world record time of 1:57.58. It can also be seen as a snowflake, thus the name "Snowflower" was given to it. In the 5000m relays, world-title holders from Italy led at the beginning of the relay but were passed by the Canadians, and fell. The German Heidi Renoth won the silver with a time of 2:19.17, and the Austrian Brigitte Köck won the bronze with a time of 2:19.42. The event took place 13 February. [a 62] This was the first Winter Olympics with snowboarding events. The members of the IOC stayed athletes the Kokusai 21 Hotel in downtown Nagano. In addition, more than 100,000 tickets were reserved for children. The Japanese, gold medalists at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics finished in fifth. Okabe jumped 137 meters, which was an Olympic record. The shape of the torch represented a traditional Japanese torch called taimatsu. The Germans Stefan Krauße and Jan Behrendt, who had competed together for 14 years, won the gold medal with a time of 1:41.105. A sidewind blew when Harada jumped, and only managed 84.5 meters to finish in fifth place overall. [b 2], Two highways, the Nagano Expressway and the Jōshin-etsu Expressway, were also built in the Nagano region. Six team in all won medals. Ruby's combined time was 2:17.34. The South Koreans were .701 seconds behind, with the Chinese finishing with the bronze a further 4 seconds back. [a 28] The White Ring (arena), which hosted figure skating and short-track speed skating cost 14.2 billion, the Spiral, which hosted bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton, cost 10.1 billion. [a 9] Other candidate cities for the 1998 Olympics were Aosta, Italy; Jaca, Spain; Östersund, Sweden; Salt Lake City, United States, and Sochi, Soviet Union (now Russia. Katja Seizinger frå Tyskland vann to gullmedaljar og ein bronsemedalje og vart den kvinnelege forgrunnsfiguren mellom alpinistane, medan Hermann Maier frå Austerrike var den fremste mannlege utøvaren med sine to gullmedaljar. These combined to make transportation an important challenge for the organizing committee. Its ice surface is 60 meters by 30. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1998 CD release of Ol' Skool on Discogs. [b 9] White Ring, which is used as a public gymnasium, is approximately 6 kilometers from Nagano Station. In all, 167,200 people attended the medal ceremonies, which took place at 7:00 pm each night.