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Men's Slalom

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Mt. Yakebitai, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 21, 1998
Date Finished: February 21, 1998
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: NOR Hans Petter Buraas
Silver: NOR Ole Kristian Furuseth
Bronze: AUT Thomas Sykora

Summary

The men’s slalom was definitely affected by the weather as the two runs were conducted during a snowstorm, and midway thru the first run, a mild earthquake (Richter scale of 5.0) struck Mt. Yakebitai. The event came down to a virtual team battle between the Austrians and Norwegians. Austrian Thomas Sykora had led the 1997 World Cup and was leading in the 1997-98 season as well, and came from an athletic family, his mother, Liesel Prokop, having won an Olympic silver medal in athletics in the 1968 pentathlon. Sykora led on the first run, followed by Norwegians Hans Petter Buraas and Ole Kristian Furuseth. In fourth was Thomas Stangassinger of Austria, the defending champion, followed by two more sons of Norway, Tom Stiansen and Finn Christian Jagge. The second run was dominated by Buraas who moved up to win the gold medal, his run 0.69 seconds ahead of another Austrian Christian Mayer, who had only been equal eighth on the first run, and could move up only to fifth place overall. Sykora and Stangassinger both skied poorly on the second run, finishing in a tie for 12th, and would drop down. Sykora hung on to win a bronze medal, while Stangassinger dropped to sixth. Furuseth placed fourth on the second run to win the silver medal. In all, the first seven places were taken by Austrians and Norwegians, the first finisher from another country was Joël Chenal of France, in eighth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hans Petter Buraas 22 Norway NOR Gold 1:49.31
2 Ole Kristian Furuseth 31 Norway NOR Silver 1:50.64
3 Thomas Sykora 29 Austria AUT Bronze 1:50.68
4 Tom Stiansen 27 Norway NOR 1:50.90
5 Christian Mayer 26 Austria AUT 1:51.09
6 Thomas Stangassinger 32 Austria AUT 1:51.25
7 Finn Christian Jagge 31 Norway NOR 1:51.39
8 Joël Chenal 24 France FRA 1:51.51
9 Kalle Palander 20 Finland FIN 1:51.81
10 Pierrick Bourgeat 22 France FRA 1:51.82
11 Matteo Nana 23 Italy ITA 1:51.96
12 Didier Plaschy 24 Switzerland SUI 1:52.03
13 Kiminobu Kimura 27 Japan JPN 1:52.15
14 Sébastien Amiez 25 France FRA 1:52.19
15 Matt Grosjean 27 United States USA 1:52.56
16 Angelo Weiss 28 Italy ITA 1:52.80
17 Matjaž Vrhovnik 25 Slovenia SLO 1:54.65
18 Paul Accola 30 Switzerland SUI 1:54.91
19 Michael von Grünigen 28 Switzerland SUI 1:54.96
20 Gaku Hirasawa 25 Japan JPN 1:55.24
21 Takuya Ishioka 26 Japan JPN 1:55.69
22 Stefan Georgiev 20 Bulgaria BUL 1:56.12
23 Hur Seung-Wook 25 South Korea KOR 1:58.01
24 Gabriel Hottegindre 18 Uruguay URU 2:03.27
25 Sveinn Brynjólfsson 22 Iceland ISL 2:06.18
26 Alex Heath 19 South Africa RSA 2:14.44
27 Arsen Harutyunyan 29 Armenia ARM 2:15.11
28 Komil Urunbayev 21 Uzbekistan UZB 2:18.85
29 Arif Alaftargil 24 Turkey TUR 2:25.09
30 Hassan Shemshaki 23 Iran IRI 2:26.99
31 William Schenker 39 Puerto Rico PUR 2:28.88
AC Andrzej Bachleda-Curuś 23 Poland POL DNF
AC Bode Miller 20 United States USA DNF
AC Marcel Maxa 23 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Thomas Lödler 24 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Petar Dichev 28 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Alberto Tomba 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Fabrizio Tescari 28 Italy ITA DNF
AC Andrej Miklavc 27 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Jure Košir 25 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Kristinn Björnsson 25 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Martin Hansson 22 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Mario Reiter 27 Austria AUT DNF
AC Markus Eberle 29 Germany GER DNF
AC Thomas Grandi 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC François Simond 28 France FRA DNF
AC Marco Casanova 21 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Mika Marila 24 Finland FIN DNF
AC Chip Knight 23 United States USA DNF
AC Andy LeRoy 22 United States USA DNF
AC Kentaro Minagawa 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Haukur Arnórsson 26 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Gerard Escoda 27 Andorra AND DNF
AC Arnór Gunnarsson 26 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Lyubomir Popov 30 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Sami Uotila 21 Finland FIN DNF
AC Victor Gómez 23 Andorra AND DNF
AC Byun Jong-Moon 22 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Angel Pumpalov 19 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Arne Hardenberg 24 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Vasilios Dimitriadis 19 Greece GRE DNF
AC Levan Abramishvili 27 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Andreas Vasili 26 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Alain Baxter 24 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC Drago Grubelnik 22 Slovenia SLO DQ