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Alpine Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Super G

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Happo'one, Hakuba
Date Started: February 16, 1998
Date Finished: February 16, 1998

Gold: AUT Hermann Maier
Silver: AUT Hans Knauß
SUI Didier Cuche

Summary

Austria's Hermann Maier was unusual among world-class skiers in that he was a specialist in the super-G, by far his best event. He had won all the World Cup super-Gs coming into Nagano and was heavily favored, until he crashed badly, landing on his head, during the Olympic downhill. It was not certain if The Hermannator could recover in time for the super-G, but he appeared at the starthouse, with the lead held at the time by his teammate, Hans Knauß. Maier skied somewhat conservatively for him, as he was known for his wild, go-for-broke style, probably affected by his serious downhill accident. Still, he bested Knauß's time by 0.61 seconds, taking the lead, and nobody would challenge that time, bringing Maier the gold medal he most wanted. As the 17th starter, after the seeded skiers had gone off, Switzerland's Didier Cuche came down in the same time as Knauß and they shared silver medals. Three days later, Maier would add a second gold medal in the giant slalom. In a very long career emphasizing downhill and super-G, Cuche would win the 2009 World Championships in the super-G and add a silver in the downhill.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hermann Maier 25 Austria AUT Gold 1:34.82
2T Didier Cuche 23 Switzerland SUI Silver 1:35.43
2T Hans Knauß 26 Austria AUT Silver 1:35.43
4 Alessandro Fattori 24 Italy ITA 1:35.61
5 Kjetil André Aamodt 26 Norway NOR 1:35.67
6 Patrik Järbyn 28 Sweden SWE 1:35.72
7 Daron Rahlves 24 United States USA 1:35.96
8 Tommy Moe 27 United States USA 1:35.97
9 Lasse Kjus 27 Norway NOR 1:36.25
10 Fredrik Nyberg 28 Sweden SWE 1:36.31
11 Bruno Kernen 25 Switzerland SUI 1:36.37
12 Brian Stemmle 31 Canada CAN 1:36.40
13 Kyle Rasmussen 29 United States USA 1:36.52
14 Steve Locher 30 Switzerland SUI 1:36.62
15 Werner Perathoner 30 Italy ITA 1:36.64
16 Kristian Ghedina 28 Italy ITA 1:36.70
17 Jernej Koblar 26 Slovenia SLO 1:36.84
18 Paul Accola 30 Switzerland SUI 1:36.87
19T Andreas Schifferer 23 Austria AUT 1:37.00
19T Peter Runggaldier 29 Italy ITA 1:37.00
21 Andrey Filichkin 23 Russia RUS 1:37.29
22 Enis Bećirbegović 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 1:37.58
23 Peter Pen 25 Slovenia SLO 1:37.81
24 Tsuyoshi Tomii 26 Japan JPN 1:37.86
25 Jean-Luc Crétier 31 France FRA 1:37.95
26 Jürgen Hasler 24 Liechtenstein LIE 1:38.32
27 Yasuyuki Takishita 22 Japan JPN 1:38.39
28 Aleš Brezavšček 25 Slovenia SLO 1:38.54
29 Vasily Bezsmelnitsyn 23 Russia RUS 1:39.39
30 Vedran Pavlek 24 Croatia CRO 1:39.63
31 Graham Bell 32 Great Britain GBR 1:39.80
32 Renato Gašpar 20 Croatia CRO 1:39.85
33 Andrew Freshwater 24 Great Britain GBR 1:39.89
34 Chad Fleischer 26 United States USA 1:40.19
35 Tejs Broberg 21 Denmark DEN 1:41.09
36 Igor Yudin 40 Belarus BLR 1:45.92
37 Marcelo Apovian 25 Brazil BRA 1:49.43
AC Frédéric Marin-Cudraz 24 France FRA DNF
AC Thomás Grob 21 Chile CHI DNF
AC Zurab Dzhidzhishvili 24 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Victor Gómez 23 Andorra AND DNF
AC Alex Heath 19 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Stephan Eberharter 28 Austria AUT [1:35.72] DQ
AC Nicolas Burtin 26 France FRA DQ
AC Ed Podivinsky 27 Canada CAN DQ