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Alpine Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Mt. Higashidate, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 19, 1998
Date Finished: February 19, 1998
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: AUT Hermann Maier
Silver: AUT Stephan Eberharter
Bronze: SUI Michael von Grünigen

Summary

Switzerland’s Michael von Grünigen had won the World Cup GS in both 1996 and 1997, but in the 1997-98 season, Hermann Maier was leading the World Cup race. After the event was delayed one day because of a blizzard, Maier won this gold medal, winning both legs of the giant slalom, adding the gold to the one he had won in the super-G three days before. Von Grünigen never quite caught form, placing fifth on the first run, and sixth on the second run, eventually winning a bronze medal. The silver medal went to the surprising Austrian Stephan Eberharter. Five years before, this would not have been thought unusual, as Eberharter won gold medals at the 1991 World Championships in the super-G and combined. But a series of injuries then derailed his career and he was even off the World Cup circuit for two full years. But Nagano marked his return to the top flight, as in 2002 at Salt Lake City he would win the gold medal, adding a gold in the super-G at the 2003 World Championships, and from 2002-2004 he won seven World Cup titles, including the overall in 2002 and 2003.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hermann Maier 25 Austria AUT Gold 2:38.51
2 Stephan Eberharter 28 Austria AUT Silver 2:39.36
3 Michael von Grünigen 28 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2:39.69
4 Hans Knauß 26 Austria AUT 2:39.71
5 Jure Košir 25 Slovenia SLO 2:39.98
6 Steve Locher 30 Switzerland SUI 2:40.30
7 Paul Accola 30 Switzerland SUI 2:40.57
8 Lasse Kjus 27 Norway NOR 2:40.65
9 Christian Mayer 26 Austria AUT 2:40.67
10 Fredrik Nyberg 28 Sweden SWE 2:40.95
11 Ian Piccard 29 France FRA 2:41.10
12 Urs Kälin 31 Switzerland SUI 2:41.17
13 Christophe Saioni 29 France FRA 2:41.24
14 Marco Büchel 26 Liechtenstein LIE 2:41.99
15 Matteo Nana 23 Italy ITA 2:42.37
16 Sergio Bergamelli 27 Italy ITA 2:42.78
17 Tom Stiansen 27 Norway NOR 2:42.88
18 Mitja Kunc 26 Slovenia SLO 2:43.09
19 Sami Uotila 21 Finland FIN 2:43.45
20 Daron Rahlves 24 United States USA 2:43.59
21 Patrik Järbyn 28 Sweden SWE 2:43.82
22 Jernej Koblar 26 Slovenia SLO 2:43.96
23 Thomas Lödler 24 Croatia CRO 2:44.21
24 Andrzej Bachleda-Curuś 23 Poland POL 2:46.24
25 Kiminobu Kimura 27 Japan JPN 2:46.35
26 Sacha Gros 23 United States USA 2:46.89
27 Tejs Broberg 21 Denmark DEN 2:47.14
28 Vedran Pavlek 24 Croatia CRO 2:47.54
29T Marcel Maxa 23 Czech Republic CZE 2:49.51
29T Takuya Ishioka 26 Japan JPN 2:49.51
31 Alain Baxter 24 Great Britain GBR 2:49.82
32 Stefan Georgiev 20 Bulgaria BUL 2:50.89
33 Hur Seung-Wook 25 South Korea KOR 2:52.27
34 Ivars Ciaguns 20 Latvia LAT 2:53.59
35 Marko Ðorđević 19 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2:58.47
36 Aleksandar Stojanovski 19 Macedonia MKD 3:01.17
AC Patrick Holzer 27 Italy ITA DNF
AC Markus Eberle 29 Germany GER DNF
AC Kalle Palander 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Victor Gómez 23 Andorra AND DNF
AC Gerard Escoda 27 Andorra AND DNF
AC Enis Bećirbegović 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Dmitry Kvach 23 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Kristinn Björnsson 25 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Kjetil André Aamodt 26 Norway NOR DNF
AC Alberto Tomba 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Harald Christian Strand Nilsen 26 Norway NOR DNF
AC Bernhard Knauss 32 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Achim Vogt 27 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Casey Puckett 25 United States USA DNF
AC Martin Hansson 22 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Andrey Filichkin 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Kentaro Minagawa 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Mika Marila 24 Finland FIN DNF
AC Vasily Bezsmelnitsyn 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Renato Gašpar 20 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Haukur Arnórsson 26 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Byun Jong-Moon 22 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Lyubomir Popov 30 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Thomas Grandi 25 Canada CAN DQ
AC Joël Chenal 24 France FRA DQ
AC Bode Miller 20 United States USA DQ