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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 Hiromatsu (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 Ukraine 0 1 0 1
21 Denmark 0 1 0 1
22 Australia 0 0 1 1
23 Great Britain 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

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