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Snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Giant Slalom

Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Games:


Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Mt. Yakebitai, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 8, 1998
Date Finished: February 8, 1998
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: CAN Ross Rebagliati
Silver: ITA Thomas Prugger
Bronze: SUI Ueli Kestenholz


The first run was led by Canadian [Jasey-Jay Anderson] with a time of 59.31. Eight boarders bettered one minute, with Anderson’s teammate, [Ross Rebagliati], in eighth at 59.87. Tied for second were [Thomas Prugger] (ITA) and [Chris Klug] (USA). The second run was marred by bad weather, with light snow and fog coming in, which caused the competition to be re-started for this run. When it was re-started Switzerland’s [Ueli Kestenholz] went off sixth and posted the fastest run of the round. Two boarders later, Rebagliati posted what would be the second fastest run in the second round, and moved into first place overall. He waited out the next seven boarders, and when Anderson struggled into 22nd place on the run, Rebagliati had the gold medal, with Prugger in second and Kestenholz third.

Or so it seemed. Three days later it was announced that Rebagliati would be stripped of his gold medal because he had tested positive for marijuana. This was immediately appealed by the Canadian Olympic Committee, and sent for a decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The ruling came down in Rebagliati’s favor, based on the fact that marijuana was considered a restricted substance, rather than a prohibited substance. The FIS explained that they had requested marijuana testing only for “fear related events” and not snowboarding. This was important, because snowboarders had somewhat of an alternative lifestyle, often with lots of partying, and marijuana was frequently present at the parties. Rebagliati explained that he had not recently been using, but had attended several parties at which there was a lot of marijuana use and he thought his positive was due to second-hand smoke. After the CAS ruling, Rebagliati was allowed to keep his gold medal.

Finishing in seventh place overall was Austrian [Martin Freinademetz], who later had his Olympic Acceditation revoked. During a party at the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel, he became quite drunk, and damaged a $4,000 switchboard. He offered to pay for the damage but the IOC was not amused.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ross Rebagliati 26 Canada CAN Gold 2:03.96
2 Thomas Prugger 26 Italy ITA Silver 2:03.98
3 Ueli Kestenholz 22 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2:04.08
4 Dieter Krassnig 24 Austria AUT 2:04.33
5 Mathieu Bozzetto 24 France FRA 2:04.57
6 Chris Klug 25 United States USA 2:05.25
7 Martin Freinademetz 28 Austria AUT 2:05.34
8 Maxence Idesheim 23 France FRA 2:05.52
9 Dieter Happ 27 Austria AUT 2:07.05
10 Thedo Remmelink 34 Netherlands NED 2:07.25
11 Willi Trakofler 24 Italy ITA 2:07.30
12 Christophe Ségura 23 France FRA 2:08.86
13 Elmar Messner 27 Italy ITA 2:09.41
14 Dieter Moherndl 30 Germany GER 2:10.03
15 Mike Kildevæld 31 Denmark DEN 2:10.42
16 Jasey-Jay Anderson 22 Canada CAN 2:11.33
17 Mike Jacoby 28 United States USA 2:11.80
18 Stephen Copp 21 Sweden SWE 2:11.89
19 Łukasz Starowicz 21 Poland POL 2:12.31
20 Karl Frenademez 27 Italy ITA 2:15.95
21 Mariano López 24 Argentina ARG 2:31.31
AC Nicolas Conte 24 France FRA DNF
AC Sigi Grabner 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Richard Richardsson 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Bernd Kroschewski 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Darren Chalmers 27 Canada CAN DNF
AC Markos Khatzikyriakis 23 Greece GRE DNF
AC Zeke Steggall 26 Australia AUS DNF
AC Fadri Mosca 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Gilles Jaquet 23 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Adam Hostetter 23 United States USA DQ
AC André Grütter 21 Switzerland SUI DQ
AC Mark Fawcett 26 Canada CAN DNF
AC Stergios Pappos 25 Greece GRE DNF