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Nordic Combined at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, Hakuba; Snow Harp, Hakuba
Date Started: February 13, 1998
Date Finished: February 14, 1998
Format: Normal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing. Pursuit-style cross-country race, with skiers leaving in order of their finish in the ski jumping, so that final placement determined by final placement in cross-country ski race.

Gold: NOR Bjarte Engen Vik
Silver: FIN Samppa Lajunen
Bronze: RUS Valery Stolyarov

Summary

The event was held in markedly different conditions. The ski jumping was held on a beautiful day, while the ski relay was held in a rain that made the course conditions slushy and difficult to manage. The 1996-97 World Cup winner was Finland’s Samppa Lajunen, who was still only 17, but the 1997-98 World Cup leader was Norway’s Bjarte Engen Vik, who had won the bronze medal in the event in Lillehammer. In Nagano Vik took the lead in the jumping, over the unheralded Russian Valery Stolyarov. Lajunen was sixth, starting 1:03 in back of Vik in the skiing. On the soggy course, Vik stayed ahead throughout to win by 27.5 seconds. Lajunen caught Stolyarov three kilometers from the finish and they skied together into the stadium, where Lajunen passed him on the run-in to win the silver medal in a very close finish. Vik and Lajunen would share the next two World Cups, Vik winning in 1998-99 and Lajunen in 1999-2000, with Vik winning the next two World Championships. Vik would also become the only skier to win seven Nordic combined titles at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. Stolyarov never again won a major international medal individually, but helped Russia to the bronze medal in the team event at the 1999 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TM
1 Bjarte Engen Vik 26 Norway NOR Gold
2 Samppa Lajunen 18 Finland FIN Silver +27.5
3 Valery Stolyarov 27 Russia RUS Bronze +28.2
4 Kenji Ogiwara 28 Japan JPN +1:21.1
5 Milan Kučera 23 Czech Republic CZE +1:24.7
6 Tsugiharu Ogiwara 28 Japan JPN +1:25.3
7 Nicolas Bal 19 France FRA +1:25.7
8 Mario Stecher 20 Austria AUT +1:48.8
9 Sylvain Guillaume 29 France FRA +2:21.4
10 Dmitry Sinitsyn 24 Russia RUS +2:26.9
11 Hannu Manninen 19 Finland FIN +2:29.9
12 Ronny Ackermann 20 Germany GER +2:31.8
13 Jens Deimel 25 Germany GER +2:35.2
14 Ladislav Rygl 21 Czech Republic CZE +2:59.7
15 Tapio Nurmela 23 Finland FIN +3:10.5
16 Fred Børre Lundberg 28 Norway NOR +3:11.2
17 Jean-Yves Cuendet 27 Switzerland SUI +3:13.5
18 Urs Kunz 24 Switzerland SUI +3:32.1
19 Christoph Bieler 20 Austria AUT +3:34.4
20 Todd Lodwick 21 United States USA +3:36.3
21 Felix Gottwald 22 Austria AUT +3:55.1
22 Andrea Longo 26 Italy ITA +4:05.1
23 Junichi Kogawa 25 Japan JPN +4:15.7
24 Christoph Eugen 21 Austria AUT +4:16.6
25 Marco Zarucchi 26 Switzerland SUI +4:16.8
26 Kristian Hammer 21 Norway NOR +4:46.6
27 Jari Mantila 26 Finland FIN +4:49.5
28 Andy Hartmann 18 Switzerland SUI +4:57.4
29 Fabrice Guy 29 France FRA +5:22.2
30 Dave Jarrett 27 United States USA +5:30.9
31 Ludovic Roux 18 France FRA +5:31.1
32 Matthias Looß 22 Germany GER +5:33.1
33 Magnar Freimuth 24 Estonia EST +5:47.4
34 Bill Demong 17 United States USA +5:57.8
35 Jan Matura 18 Czech Republic CZE +6:13.9
36 Tim Tetreault 27 United States USA +6:27.4
37 Aleksey Fadeyev 20 Russia RUS +6:58.6
38 Satoshi Mori 26 Japan JPN +7:07.9
39 Jens Salumäe 16 Estonia EST +7:15.1
40 Petr Šmejc 19 Czech Republic CZE +7:16.3
41 Roman Perko 20 Slovenia SLO +7:46.3
42 Konstantin Kalinovsky 22 Belarus BLR +8:17.1
43 Sergey Zakharenko 23 Belarus BLR +9:51.1
44 Tambet Pikkor 17 Estonia EST +10:25.7
AC Denis Tishagin 22 Russia RUS DNF
AC Halldor Skard, Jr. 24 Norway NOR DNF
AC Josef Buchner 23 Germany GER DNF
AC Ago Markvardt 28 Estonia EST DNF