In 1998 the Winter Olympic Games returned to Japan, 26 years after the Games were held in Sapporo. More nations and competitors participated than ever before.
2,176 (1,389 men, 787 women) competitors from 72 nations participated in 7 sports and 68 events over a fortnight. coque samsung s8 plus Germany won the gold medal tally with 12, Norway 2nd with 10, Russian Federation 3rd with 9, Canada 4th with 6, USA 5th with 6 gold medals also. The men’s ice hockey tournament allowed professionals to participate for the first time. coques Samsung pas chères However, rather than be a boon for North American teams, with stars such as Canada’s great Wayne Gretzky competing, European teams swept the medals. The Czech Republic won gold, beating Russia 1-0 in the final. Bjørn Dæhlie won three gold medals in cross-country skiing, making him the most-winning Winter Olympic competitor ever. Netherlands won five of the ten speed skating events, including two each by Gianni Romme and Marianne Timmer. Canada beat Denmark in the women’s curling final, securing the latter their first Winter Olympic medal ever. Japanese ski jumper Kazuyoshi Funaki excelled for the host country. He began the Games by winning the silver medal in the normal hill event. On the large hill, he obtained perfect style points from all five judges – an unprecedented achievement – and won the gold medal. coque iphone en ligne He then earned a second gold in the team event as a member of the victorious Japanese squad. Beside him on the gold medal podium was teammate Masahiko “Happy” Harada, one of the most popular jumpers of the time. coque samsung pas cher The spirit of the Games was exemplified by Alpine skier Hermann Maier of Austria. He took a spectacular fall in the downhill, flying off the slope at 120km/h and remaining air-bound for more than 3.5 seconds. He courageously recovered to earn gold medals in both the super-G and the giant slalom. Snowboarding and curling joined the Olympic program, and women’s ice hockey was also introduced. Interesting Points:
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