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Freestyle Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women'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 Nikki Stone
Silver: CHN Xu Nannan
Bronze: SUI Colette Brand

Summary

At the 1994 Winter Olympics, Nikki Stone (USA) was one of the favorites but failed to get out of the qualifying round, missing the final by only 0.43 points. In 1995 she won the World Championships and the overall World Cup title. She then sustained a serious back injury and was out of competition for over a year. But in the 1997-98 season she returned to win four of the six World Cup events prior to the Nagano Olympics and entered the Games as the favorite. The 1997 World Champion was Australian Kirstie Marshall, but like Stone in 1994, she failed to get thru qualifying. In the final, Stone took a big lead on the first jump with a perfectly executed back full-double full. In the second round she placed second to China’s Xu Nannan but was far enough ahead that she won the gold medal easily. Xu had been fourth after round one, but moved up to the silver medal with her back full-double full. The competition was held in difficult weather, with strong, gusty winds. The bronze medal went to Colette Brand (SUI), who had won the 1992 Olympic demonstration event. In 1994, she had also been among the favorites, but failed to qualify for the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nikki Stone 27 United States USA Gold
2 Xu Nannan 19 China CHN Silver
3 Colette Brand 30 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Tetiana Kozachenko 16 Ukraine UKR
5 Alla Tsuper 18 Ukraine UKR
6 Hilde Synnøve Lid 26 Norway NOR
7 Guo Dandan 20 China CHN
8 Yuliya Kliukova 16 Ukraine UKR
9 Veronica Brenner 23 Canada CAN
10 Olena Yunchyk 15 Ukraine UKR
11 Michèle Rohrbach 23 Switzerland SUI
12 Ji Xiaoou 17 China CHN
13 Lina Cheryazova 29 Uzbekistan UZB
14 Kirstie Marshall 28 Australia AUS
15 Evelyne Leu 21 Switzerland SUI
16 Sabina Hudribusch 31 Austria AUT
17 Tracy Evans 30 United States USA
18 Liselotte Johansson 27 Sweden SWE
19 Caroline Olivier 26 Canada CAN
20 Stacey Blumer 28 United States USA
21 Mafalda Pereira 21 Portugal POR
22 Nataliya Orekhova 25 Russia RUS
23 Jacqui Cooper 25 Australia AUS
24 Yin Hong 22 China CHN