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Figure Skating at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): White Ring, Nagano
Date Started: February 12, 1998
Date Finished: February 14, 1998
Format: Skaters were ranked on Ordinal Placement, based on judges' points, with final placement for each section determined by Majority Placements. The tiebreaker for the Short Program was the Required Elements score, while the tiebreaker for the Free Skating was the Technical Merit score. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall for that section. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the skaters were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each skater determined who was ranked higher. Final placement was determined by factored placements. The tiebreakers were then 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals. The placement for the the Short Program was factored by 0.5 (33.3%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (66.7%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.

Gold: RUS Ilya Kulik
Silver: CAN Elvis Stojko
Bronze: FRA Philippe Candeloro

Summary

Since Lillehammer, Elvis Stojko (CAN), silver medalist in 1994, had established himself as the best skater in the world, winning the 1994-9 and 1997 World Championships. Todd Eldredge (USA) had won the Worlds in 1996, narrowly defeating Iliya Kulik (RUS). Kulik had won the 1995 European Championships, but early in the 1997-98 season he had been the top skater, defeating Stojko several times. In Nagano, Kulik was unstoppable. He won the short program and was voted first by all nine judges in the free skate. Stojko repeated his silver medal performances from Lillehammer, while the bronze went to Philippe Candeloro (FRA), who narrowly edged out Eldredge. Stojko’s effort was valiant, as he competed with a groin injury, was in obvious discomfort during the competition, and was take to hospital after the event ended. Candeloro had been the crowd favorite, appearing in a costume designed after d’Artagnan from The Three Musketeers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CFFP TFP FSFP
1 Ilya Kulik 20 Russia RUS Gold 0.5 1.5 1.0
2 Elvis Stojko 25 Canada CAN Silver 1.0 4.0 3.0
3 Philippe Candeloro 25 France FRA Bronze 2.5 4.5 2.0
4 Todd Eldredge 26 United States USA 1.5 5.5 4.0
5 Aleksey Yagudin 17 Russia RUS 2.0 7.0 5.0
6 Steven Cousins 25 Great Britain GBR 3.0 10.0 7.0
7 Michael Weiss 21 United States USA 5.5 11.5 6.0
8 Guo Zhengxin 18 China CHN 5.0 14.0 9.0
9 Michael Tyllesen 24 Denmark DEN 4.5 15.5 11.0
10 V'iacheslav Zahorodniuk 25 Ukraine UKR 8.0 16.0 8.0
11 Ivan Dinev 19 Bulgaria BUL 3.5 17.5 14.0
12 Jeff Langdon 22 Canada CAN 8.5 18.5 10.0
13 Szabolcs Vidrai 20 Hungary HUN 6.0 19.0 13.0
14 Dmytro Dmytrenko 24 Ukraine UKR 4.0 20.0 16.0
15 Takeshi Honda 16 Japan JPN 9.0 21.0 12.0
16 Igor Pashkevich 26 Azerbaijan AZE 6.5 21.5 15.0
17 Yamato Tamura 18 Japan JPN 7.5 24.5 17.0
18 Michael Shmerkin 28 Israel ISR 7.0 25.0 18.0
19 Roman Skornyakov 21 Uzbekistan UZB 10.0 29.0 19.0
20 Margus Hernits 21 Estonia EST 9.5 29.5 20.0
21 Cornel Gheorghe 26 Romania ROU 10.5 31.5 21.0
22 Patrick Meier 21 Switzerland SUI 11.0 33.0 22.0
23 Gilberto Viadana 24 Italy ITA 12.0 35.0 23.0
24 Lee Kyu-Hyun 17 South Korea KOR 11.5 35.5 24.0
25 r1/2 Anthony Liu 23 Australia AUS 12.5
26 r1/2 Róbert Kažimír 19 Slovakia SVK 13.0
27 r1/2 David Liu 32 Chinese Taipei TPE 13.5
28 r1/2 Yury Litvinov 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 14.0
29 r1/2 Patrick Schmit 23 Luxembourg LUX 14.5