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Snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Halfpipe

Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Kanbayashi Sports Park, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 12, 1998
Date Finished: February 12, 1998

Gold: SUI Gian Simmen
Silver: NOR Daniel Franck
Bronze: USA Ross Powers

Summary

The top halfpiper in the world was Norway’s Terje Håkonsen, International Snowboarding Federation Champion in 1993, 1995, and 1997 and five-time European Champion, but he refused to compete in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics, protesting the IOC decision to recognize the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) as the governing body for Olympic snowboarding, and not the International Snowboarding Federation (ISF). David Wallechinsky, in The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics, also noted that Håkonsen’s personal boycott went deeper, when he said, “Snowboarding is about fresh tracks and carving powder and being yourself, and not being judged by others. It’s not about nationalism and politics and big money. Snowboarding is everything the Olympics isn’t.” In his absence, the event was wide open. Thirty-six boarders advanced 16 to the final round. In the first round of the final, Switzerland’s Gian Simmen took the lead over Canada’s Brett Carpentier. Simmen’s second round was solid, though only the fourth best of the round, but he was able to hold on for the gold medal, which was a major surprise, as he was only 38th in the world rankings. Daniel Franck (NOR) was only in seventh place after round one, but had the highest score of the competition on his second run to move up to the silver medal. Simmen and Franck were ISF riders, while Ross Powers (USA), the bronze medalist, was an FIS boarder.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gian Simmen 20 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Daniel Franck 23 Norway NOR Silver
3 Ross Powers 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Fabien Rohrer 22 Switzerland SUI
5 Guillaume Chastagnol 23 France FRA
6 Jacob Söderqvist 21 Sweden SWE
7 Sebu Kuhlberg 24 Finland FIN
8 Mike Michalchuk 20 Canada CAN
9 Brett Carpentier 22 Canada CAN
10 Jonathan Collomb-Patton 18 France FRA
11 Jussi Oksanen 18 Finland FIN
12 Jean Baptiste Charlet 20 France FRA
13 Markus Hurme 20 Finland FIN
14 Aleksi Litovaara 21 Finland FIN
15 Klas Vangen 19 Norway NOR
16 Todd Richards 28 United States USA
17 Xaver Hoffmann 23 Germany GER
18 Pontus Ståhlkloo 24 Sweden SWE
19 Íker Fernández 20 Spain ESP
20 Kim Christiansen 21 Norway NOR
21 Sergio Bartrina 25 Spain ESP
22 Ingemar Backman 21 Sweden SWE
23 Fredrik Sterner 19 Sweden SWE
24 Max Ploetzeneder 26 Austria AUT
25 Tony Vannucci Roos 20 France FRA
26 Derek Heidt 22 Canada CAN
27 Bertrand Denervaud 27 Switzerland SUI
28 Takashi Nishida 22 Japan JPN
29 Trevor Andrew 18 Canada CAN
30 Makoto Takagaki 24 Japan JPN
31 Ron Chiodi 23 United States USA
32 Patrik Hasler 32 Switzerland SUI
33 Roger Hjelmstadstuen 18 Norway NOR
34 Shinichi Watanabe 20 Japan JPN
35 Łukasz Starowicz 21 Poland POL
36 Takamasa Imai 21 Japan JPN