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Freestyle Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's Moguls

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Iizuna Kogen Resort, Iizuna
Date Started: February 8, 1998
Date Finished: February 11, 1998

Gold: JPN Tae Satoya
Silver: GER Tatjana Mittermayer
Bronze: NOR Kari Traa

Summary

The heavy favorite was France’s Candice Gilg, who had won the 1997 World Championships and was the overall World Cup leader. But in the qualifying round in Nagano she fell on her first jump and did not make it to the final. This left the competition wide open. But nobody counted on Japan’s Tae Satoya. Satoya was very popular in Japan, where her turns on the omguls were accompanied by chants of “Tae Tae”, but she was only a journeywoman competitor on the international circuit, with no podium finishes in her career prior to Nagano. But her final run earned her the highest point scores, and was the third fastest on time, which gave her the gold medal. Gilg was competing in her third Olympics, with a best finish of fifth in 1994, and she would soon end her competitive career. But Gilg would become better known as the stunt double for Sophie Marceau’s character, Elektra King, in the James Bond movie, The World is Not Enough.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tae Satoya 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Tatjana Mittermayer 33 Germany GER Silver
3 Kari Traa 24 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Donna Weinbrecht 32 United States USA
5 Ann-Marie Pelchat 23 Canada CAN
6 Minna Karhu 26 Finland FIN
7 Aiko Uemura 18 Japan JPN
8 Liz McIntyre 32 United States USA
9 Sandra Schmitt 16 Germany GER
10 Ann Battelle 30 United States USA
11 Gabriele Rauscher 27 Germany GER
12 Marja Elfman 25 Sweden SWE
13 Anja Bolbjerg 26 Denmark DEN
14 Sara Kjellin 20 Sweden SWE
15 Lyudmila Dymchenko 20 Russia RUS
16 Tami Bradley 27 Canada CAN
17 Yelena Korolyova 24 Russia RUS
18 Yelena Vorona 21 Russia RUS
19 Yuliya Milko-Chernemorets 22 Belarus BLR
20 Corinne Bodmer 27 Switzerland SUI
21 Jenny Eidolf 26 Sweden SWE
22 Petra Moroder 29 Italy ITA
23 Maria Despas 30 Australia AUS
24 Josée Charbonneau 25 Canada CAN
25 Nadezhda Radovitskaya 20 Russia RUS
AC Kylie Gill 24 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Irina Kormysheva 21 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Candice Gilg 25 France FRA DNF