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1998 Nagano Winter Games

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Host City: Nagano, Japan (February 7, 1998 to February 22, 1998)
Opening Ceremony: February 7, 1998 (opened by Emperor Akihito)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Midori Ito
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Kenji Ogiwara (athlete) and Junko Ueno (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 22, 1998
Events: 68 in 14 sports

Participants: 2,180 (1,390 men and 789 women) from 72 countries
Youngest Participant: KOR Kim Hyeon-Gi (15 years, 3 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN Paul Savage (50 years, 230 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): RUS Larisa Lazutina (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (29 medals)

Overview

It had been 26 years since the Olympic Winter Games had been held in the Orient, those also in Japan [at Sapporo] on the northern island of Hokkaido. Nagano had been an )upset) choice over the more favored selections of Salt Lake City and Östersund. But the Japanese typically put on a wonderful show. And it was much quieter in Nagano – there was no [Tonya] or [Nancy] for the locust-like media to descend upon.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany 12 9 8 29
2 Norway 10 10 5 25
3 Russia 9 6 3 18
4 Austria 3 5 9 17
5 Canada 6 5 4 15
6 United States 6 3 4 13
7 Finland 2 4 6 12
8 Netherlands 5 4 2 11
9 Japan 5 1 4 10
10 Italy 2 6 2 10
11 France 2 1 5 8
12 China 0 6 2 8
13 Switzerland 2 2 3 7
14 South Korea 3 1 2 6
15 Czech Republic 1 1 1 3
16 Sweden 0 2 1 3
17 Belarus 0 0 2 2
18 Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2
19 Bulgaria 1 0 0 1
20 Denmark 0 1 0 1
21 Ukraine 0 1 0 1
22 Great Britain 0 0 1 1
23 Australia 0 0 1 1
24 Belgium 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Larisa Lazutina (RUS) 3 1 1 5
2 Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) 3 1 0 4
3 Olga Danilova (RUS) 2 1 0 3
4 Kazuyoshi Funaki (JPN) 2 1 0 3
5 Jeon I-Gyeong (KOR) 2 0 1 3
6 Katja Seizinger (GER) 2 0 1 3
7 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann (GER) 1 2 0 3
8 Uschi Disl (GER) 1 1 1 3
9 Mika Myllylä (FIN) 1 0 2 3
10 Yang Yang (S) (CHN) 0 3 0 3
11 Rintje Ritsma (NED) 0 1 2 3
12 Thomas Alsgaard (NOR) 2 0 0 2
13 Bjarte Engen Vik (NOR) 2 0 0 2
14 Gianni Romme (NED) 2 0 0 2
15 Marianne Timmer (NED) 2 0 0 2
16 Hermann Maier (AUT) 2 0 0 2
17 Deborah Compagnoni (ITA) 1 1 0 2
18 Claudia Pechstein (GER) 1 1 0 2
19 Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) 1 1 0 2
20 Halvard Hanevold (NOR) 1 1 0 2
21 Erling Jevne (NOR) 1 1 0 2
22 Jani Soininen (FIN) 1 1 0 2
23 Ids Postma (NED) 1 1 0 2
24 Galina Kukleva (RUS) 1 1 0 2
25 Kim Dong-Seong (KOR) 1 1 0 2
26 Hilde Gerg (GER) 1 0 1 2
27 Catriona Le May Doan (CAN) 1 0 1 2
28 Annie Perreault (CAN) 1 0 1 2
29 Won Hye-Gyeong (KOR) 1 0 1 2
30 Masahiko Harada (JPN) 1 0 1 2
31 Christoph Langen (GER) 1 0 1 2
32 Hiroyasu Shimizu (JPN) 1 0 1 2
33 Markus Zimmermann (GER) 1 0 1 2
34 Katrin Apel (GER) 1 0 1 2
35 Éric Bédard (CAN) 1 0 1 2
36 Lasse Kjus (NOR) 0 2 0 2
37 Samppa Lajunen (FIN) 0 2 0 2
38 Stefania Belmondo (ITA) 0 1 1 2
39 Bente Skari-Martinsen (NOR) 0 1 1 2
40 Alexandra Meissnitzer (AUT) 0 1 1 2
41 Anita Moen-Guidon (NOR) 0 1 1 2
42 Kateřina Neumannová (CZE) 0 1 1 2
43 Chris Witty (USA) 0 1 1 2
44 Silvio Fauner (ITA) 0 1 1 2
45 Li Jiajun (CHN) 0 1 1 2
46 An Yulong (CHN) 0 1 1 2
47 Andreas Widhölzl (AUT) 0 0 2 2