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Freestyle Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Aerials

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Iizuna Kogen Resort, Iizuna
Date Started: February 16, 1998
Date Finished: February 18, 1998

Gold: USA Eric Bergoust
Silver: FRA Sébastien Foucras
Bronze: BLR Dmitry Dashchinsky

Summary

The favorite was Canada’s Nicolas Fontaine, who had won the 1997 World Championship and was leading the World Cup in 1997-98. Also considered was American Eric Bergoust, who in 1997 had won his first World Cup event. Both made it thru qualifying, but did not come up to their usual standard, with Bergoust fourth and Fontaine eighth, as the qualifying was led by Belarus’s Dmitry Dashchinsky. Practicing before the final, Bergoust sustained a bad crash, landing on his chest and it was not clear if he could continue. But he elected to try to compete. In the opening round of the final, Bergoust scored 133.05 on a back full-double full-full (bFdFF), considered the highest ever for single jump, which put him well into the lead over France’s Sébastien Foucras, with Fontaine third. Bergoust’s second jump, a back double full-full-full (bdFFF) gave him 255.64 points, a new world’s best for the moguls, breaking Fontaine’s best mark. Fontaine fell on his landing in the second round and finished only 10th. Bergoust had competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh, and would compete again in 2002 and 2006, but with less success.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Eric Bergoust 28 United States USA Gold
2 Sébastien Foucras 26 France FRA Silver
3 Dmitry Dashchinsky 20 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Aleš Valenta 25 Czech Republic CZE
5 Britt Swartley 26 United States USA
6 Aleksandr Mikhaylov 27 Russia RUS
7 Christian Rijavec 25 Austria AUT
8 Aleksey Grishin 18 Belarus BLR
9 Stanislav Kravchuk 19 Ukraine UKR
10 Nicolas Fontaine 27 Canada CAN
11 Jeff Bean 21 Canada CAN
12 Andy Capicik 24 Canada CAN
13 Vasily Vorobyov 26 Belarus BLR
14 Freddy Romano 31 Italy ITA
15 Mariano Ferrario 24 United States USA
16 Jean-Damien Climonet 28 France FRA
17 Ou Xiaotao 17 China CHN
18 Aleksandr Tkachenko 26 Belarus BLR
19 Yuriy Stetsko 16 Ukraine UKR
20 Kevin Harbut 26 Great Britain GBR
21 Matt Chojnacki 24 United States USA
22 Miha Gale 21 Slovenia SLO
23 Kazuaki Ando 31 Japan JPN
24 Serhiy But 28 Ukraine UKR
AC Jonathan Sweet 24 Australia AUS DNF