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1998 Nagano

1998 Nagano
  • Duration:
    February 7 to 22
  • Nations Participating:
    72 NOCs
  • Events:
    68
  • Competing Athletes:
    2176 (1389 men, 787 men)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    144 (81 men, 63 women)
  • Medals Won:
    15 (6 G, 5 S, 4 B)

XVIII Olympic Winter Games


In 1998, Japan held the Winter Olympic Games for a second time. For Canada, it was the best Games ever with a total of 15 medals.

Women’s hockey was presented for the first time. The Canadian team had never been defeated in World Championships before the Olympic venue. They suffered their first blow in the gold medal match, losing 3-1 to their arch rival, the United States. On the men’s side, Canada finished a disappointing fourth place.

Canada collected a total of 11 medals in curling and speed skating. Making their official debut, Canadian curlers won gold (women) and silver (men). Speed skater Catriona Le May Doan won gold in the 500 m, followed by teammate Susan Auch with silver. Le May Doan captured bronze in the 1000 m a few days later while Jeremy Wotherspoon and Kevin Overland placed second and third in the 500 m.

In short track, the men’s team came through on the last day, winning the relay gold. This last medal gave Canada the edge over the United States for the first time in Winter Games history.

For the first time ever, two teams tied for first place in the two-man bobsleigh. Canada’s Pierre Lueders and Dave MacEachern shared the honour with the Italian pair of Huber and Tartaglia. Both the Canadian and Italian teams were handed the gold medals after four runs.

Ross Rebagliati won a controversial gold medal in snowboard while Elvis Stojko’s courage brought him silver in figure skating.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Kenji Ogiwara (Nordic combined)

Olympic Oath (officials): Junko Hiramatsu (figure skating)

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Midori Ito

Official Opening: Emperor Akihito

Medal Count

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1Germany129829
2Norway1010525
3Russia96318
4Austria35917
5Canada65415
6United States63413
7Finland24612
8Netherlands54211
10Italy26210
11France2158
12China - 628
13Switzerland2237
14South Korea3126
15Czech Republic1113
16Sweden - 213
T17Belarus - - 22
T17Kazakhstan - - 22
19Bulgaria1 - - 1
T20Ukraine - 1 - 1
T20Denmark - 1 - 1
T22Australia - - 11
T22Belgium - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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GoldPierre Lueders, Dave MacEachernBobsleighTwo-Man - Men -
GoldSandra Schmirler, Jan Betker, Joan McCusker, Marcia Gudereit, Atina FordCurlingWomen -
GoldÉric Bédard, Derrick Campbell, François Drolet, Marc GagnonSpeed Skating - Short TrackRelay 5,000m - Men -
GoldAnnie PerreaultSpeed Skating - Short Track500m - Women -
GoldCatriona Le May DoanSpeed Skating - Long Track500m - Women -
GoldRoss RebagliatiSnowboardGiant Slalom - Men -
SilverMike Harris, Richard Hart, George Karrys, Collin Mitchell, Paul SavageCurlingMen -
SilverJennifer Botterill, Therese Brisson, Cassie Campbell, Judy Diduck, Nancy Drolet, Lori Dupuis, Danielle Goyette, Geraldine Heaney, Jayna Hefford, Becky Kellar (Duke), Kathy McCormack, Karen Nystrom, Lesley Reddon, Manon Rhéaume, Laura Schuler, Fiona Smith-Bell, France St-Louis, Vicky Sunohara, Hayley Wickenheiser, Stacy WilsonIce HockeyWomen -
SilverElvis StojkoFigure SkatingSingles - Men -
SilverJeremy WotherspoonSpeed Skating - Long Track500m - Men -
SilverSusan AuchSpeed Skating - Long Track500m - Women -
BronzeÉric BédardSpeed Skating - Short Track1,000m - Men -
BronzeChristine Boudrias, Isabelle Charest, Annie Perreault, Tania VicentSpeed Skating - Short TrackRelay 3,000m - Women -
BronzeKevin OverlandSpeed Skating - Long Track500m - Men -
BronzeCatriona Le May DoanSpeed Skating - Long Track1,000m - Women -

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