Figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
Type: Olympic Games
Champions
Men's singles:
Russia Ilia Kulik
Ladies' singles:
United States Tara Lipinski
Pair skating:
Russia Oksana Kazakova / Artur Dmitriev
Ice dancing:
Russia Oksana Grishuk / Evgeny Platov
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The Figure skating 1998 Winter Olympics results.

The figure skating events in 1998 were held at the White Ring in Nagano. There were no changes in the format or scoring systems from 1994. Professionals were again allowed to compete, although they had to declare that intention and compete in ISU-approved events to do so. Most of the top competitors by 1998 were now openly professional. The competitions took place on the following days:

  • Pairs: 8–10 February 1998,
  • Men's Singles: 12–14 February 1998,
  • Ice Dancing: 13–16 February 1998,
  • Ladies Single: 18–20 February 1998,[1]
  • Exhibition Gala: 21 February 1998.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

Pos. Country   1      2      3   Total
1 Russia Russia 3 2 0 5
2 United States United States 1 1 0 2
3 Canada Canada 0 1 0 1
4 France France 0 0 2 2
5 People's Republic of China China 0 0 1 1
Germany Germany 0 0 1 1

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles  Ilia Kulik (RUS)  Elvis Stojko (CAN)  Philippe Candeloro (FRA)
Ladies' singles  Tara Lipinski (USA)  Michelle Kwan (USA)  Chen Lu (CHN)
Pair skating  Russia (RUS)
Oksana Kazakova &
Artur Dmitriev
 Russia (RUS)
Elena Berezhnaya &
Anton Sikharulidze
 Germany (GER)
Mandy Wötzel &
Ingo Steuer
Ice dancing  Russia (RUS)
Oksana Grishuk &
Evgeny Platov
 Russia (RUS)
Anjelika Krylova &
Oleg Ovsyannikov
 France (FRA)
Marina Anissina &
Gwendal Peizerat

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

The favourites and top two after the short program were Ilia Kulik and Elvis Stojko, who would skate first and last, respectively. Medal contenders Alexei Yagudin, Todd Eldredge and Philippe Candeloro went in between. Steven Cousins was the other skater in the final draw, but he was not considered to have a realistic chance of making the podium.

Kulik skated flawlessly in a program which included a Quad Toe Loop to open the last session. Yagudin, who was one of several athletes suffering from the flu in these games, fell on his Quad attempt and his Triple Axel to immediately take himself out of contention. Eldredge was skating cleanly but popped what was to be his second Triple Axel and then fell again while trying to complete the jump again in the closing seconds. Candeloro, with the exception of a step out on his Triple Axel, skated his D'Artagnan program flawlessly to the delight of the crowd to end up second in the free skate. Stojko, who skated last, had the best opportunity to win mainly based on his signature Quad Toe Loop/Triple Toe Loop combination. However, a partial groin tear and the flu prevented him from attempting the combo and he downgraded his Quad to a Triple. Despite the injury, he skated a clean program but finished the free skate third, overall placing second behind Kulik.

The countries represented by the podium finishers were the same as in the men's competition at the Lillehammer 1994 games, with Stojko and Candeloro getting their second consecutive silver and bronze medals, respectively. In a noteworthy instance, Stojko had to limp to the podium on sneakers at the medal presentation. He also did not skate at the figure skating gala, although he did take the ice briefly to announce that he would skip the World Championships next month.

Full results[edit]

Rank Name Nation SP FS TFP
1 Ilia Kulik Russia 1 1 1.5
2 Elvis Stojko Canada 2 3 4.0
3 Philippe Candeloro France 5 2 4.5
4 Todd Eldredge United States 3 4 5.5
5 Alexei Yagudin Russia 4 5 7.0
6 Steven Cousins Great Britain 6 7 10.0
7 Michael Weiss United States 11 6 11.5
8 Guo Zhengxin China 10 9 14.0
9 Michael Tyllesen Denmark 9 11 15.5
10 Viacheslav Zagorodniuk Ukraine 16 8 16.0
11 Ivan Dinev Bulgaria 7 14 17.5
12 Jeff Langdon Canada 17 10 18.5
13 Szabolcs Vidrai Hungary 12 16 19.0
14 Dmitri Dmitrenko Ukraine 8 16 20.0
15 Takeshi Honda Japan 18 12 21.0
16 Igor Pashkevich Azerbaijan 13 15 21.5
17 Yamato Tamura Japan 15 17 24.5
18 Michael Shmerkin Israel 14 18 25.0
19 Roman Skorniakov Uzbekistan 20 19 29.0
20 Margus Hernits Estonia 19 20 29.5
21 Cornel Gheorghe Romania 21 21 31.5
22 Patrick Meier Switzerland 22 22 33.0
23 Gilberto Viadana Italy 24 23 35.0
24 Lee Kyu-Hyun South Korea 23 24 35.5
Free Skate Not Reached
25 Anthony Liu Australia 25
26 Róbert Kažimír Slovakia 26
27 David Liu Chinese Taipei 27
28 Yuri Litvinov Kazakhstan 28
29 Patrick Schmit Luxembourg 29

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Ladies[edit]

The primary competitors for the gold medal were Americans Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan.[2] Kwan and Lipinski were in first and second places after the short program, respectively. In the free skate, both Lipinski and Kwan skated excellent programs. 6 judges placed Lipinski ahead of Kwan; three placed Kwan ahead of Lipinski. So Lipinski won the gold medal, and Kwan took the silver.

The primary competitors for the bronze medal were Chen Lu from China, Maria Butyrskaya and Irina Slutskaya from Russia. In the free skate, they all skated well, but had mistakes. The final placements were very close and far from unanimous. The 3rd–5th place votes were split unevenly between Chen, Butyrskaya, and Slutskaya. Chen beat Butyrskaya by the tally of 5 judges to 4 and beat Slutskaya 6 judges to 3, giving Chen her second straight bronze medal in the Olympic Games.

Interestingly, Tara Lipinski (Gold), Michelle Kwan (Silver) and Chen Lu (Bronze) were the World Champions in 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively.

Full results[edit]

Rank Name Nation SP FS TFP
1 Tara Lipinski United States 2 1 2.0
2 Michelle Kwan United States 1 2 2.5
3 Chen Lu China 4 3 5.0
4 Maria Butyrskaya Russia 3 4 5.5
5 Irina Slutskaya Russia 5 5 7.5
6 Vanessa Gusmeroli France 8 6 10.0
7 Elena Sokolova Russia 10 7 12.0
8 Tatiana Malinina Uzbekistan 9 8 12.5
9 Elena Liashenko Ukraine 7 10 13.5
10 Surya Bonaly France 6 11 14.0
11 Yulia Lavrenchuk Ukraine 15 9 16.5
12 Joanne Carter Australia 11 12 17.5
13 Shizuka Arakawa Japan 14 14 21.0
14 Julia Lautowa Austria 21 13 23.5
15 Júlia Sebestyén Hungary 19 15 24.5
16 Yulia Vorobieva Azerbaijan 18 16 25.0
17 Nicole Bobek United States 17 17 25.5
18 Lenka Kulovaná Czech Republic 16 18 26.0
19 Anna Rechnio Poland 13 20 26.5
20 Laëtitia Hubert France 12 21 27.0
21 Alisa Drei Finland 20 19 29.0
22 Marta Andrade Spain 24 22 34.0
23 Mojca Kopač Slovenia 22 23 34.0
24 Shirene Human South Africa 23 24 35.5
Free Skate Not Reached
25 Ivana Jakupcevic Croatia 25
26 Helena Grundberg Sweden 26
27 Tony Bombardieri Italy 27
28 Sofia Penkova Bulgaria 28

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Pairs[edit]

This was the second Olympics that Dmitriev won Gold. He previously won in 1992 with a different partner. He is the only man to win the Olympics with different partners. Soviet skater Irina Rodnina won three Olympics with two different partners.

Full results[edit]

Rank Name Nation SP FS TFP
1 Oksana Kazakova / Artur Dmitriev Russia 1 1 1.5
2 Elena Berezhnaya / Anton Sikharulidze Russia 3 2 3.5
3 Mandy Wötzel / Ingo Steuer Germany 2 3 4.0
4 Kyoko Ina / Jason Dungjen United States 4 4 6.0
5 Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo China 8 5 9.0
6 Sarah Abitbol / Stéphane Bernadis France 7 6 9.5
7 Marina Eltsova / Andrei Bushkov Russia 5 7 9.5
8 Jenni Meno / Todd Sand United States 6 9 12.0
9 Peggy Schwarz / Mirko Müller Germany 9 8 12.5
10 Dorota Zagórska / Mariusz Siudek Poland 10 11 16.0
11 Evgenia Filonenko / Igor Marchenko Ukraine 13 10 16.5
12 Kristy Sargeant / Kris Wirtz Canada 11 12 17.5
13 Danielle McGrath / Stephen Carr Australia 15 13 20.5
14 Marina Khalturina / Andrei Krukov Kazakhstan 16 14 22.0
15 Kateřina Beránková / Otto Dlabola Czech Republic 14 15 22.0
16 Marie-Claude Savard-Gagnon / Luc Bradet Canada 12 16 22.0
17 Sabrina Lefrançois / Nicolas Osseland France 17 17 25.5
18 Inga Rodionova / Alksandr Anichenko Azerbaijan 19 18 27.5
19 Maria Krasiltseva / Alexander Chestnikh Armenia 18 19 28.0
20 Marie Arai / Shin Amano Japan 20 20 30.0

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Ice dancing[edit]

Grishuk and Platov became the first pair ever to repeat as champions in Olympic Ice Dance. They won 21 straight events before they won in Nagano.[3]

The judging was marred by accusations that the Europeans colluded in "bloc voting" (where judges tend to favor skaters from their regions, broken down along Cold War lines), so that the dance teams representing their countries would take the medals, while keeping the Canadians off the podium.[4] After another judging controversy erupted in the 2002 Winter Games, these incidents led the ISU to issue new procedures to review controversial decisions.[5]

Full results[edit]

Rank Name Nation CD1 CD2 OD FD TFP
1 Pasha Grishuk / Evgeni Platov Russia 1 1 1 1 2.0
2 Anjelika Krylova / Oleg Ovsyannikov Russia 2 2 2 2 4.0
3 Marina Anissina / Gwendal Peizerat France 3 3 3 4 7.0
4 Shae-Lynn Bourne / Victor Kraatz Canada 5 4 4 3 7.2
5 Irina Lobacheva / Ilia Averbukh Russia 4 5 5 5 9.8
6 Barbara Fusar-Poli / Maurizio Margaglio Italy 6 6 6 6 12.0
7 Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow United States 7 7 7 7 14.0
8 Margarita Drobiazko / Povilas Vanagas Lithuania 8 9 8 8 16.2
9 Irina Romanova / Igor Yaroshenko Ukraine 9 8 10 9 18.4
10 Kati Winkler / René Lohse Germany 11 11 9 10 19.8
11 Sophie Moniotte / Pascal Lavanchy France 10 10 12 11 22.2
12 Sylwia Nowak / Sebastian Kolasiński Poland 12 12 11 12 23.4
13 Kateřina Mrázová / Martin Šimeček Czech Republic 13 13 13 13 26.0
14 Galit Chait / Sergei Sakhnovski Israel 17 14 14 14 28.6
15 Elena Grushina / Ruslan Goncharov Ukraine 15 16 15 15 30.2
16 Tatiana Navka / Nikolai Morozov Belarus 14 15 17 16 32.0
17 Diane Gerencser / Pasquale Camerlengo Italy 16 17 16 17 33.2
18 Albena Denkova / Maxim Staviski Bulgaria 18 18 18 18 36.0
19 Chantal Lefebvre / Michel Brunet Canada 19 19 19 19 38.0
20 Dominique Deniaud / Martial Jaffredo France 20 21 21 20 40.8
21 Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler United States 22 20 20 21 41.4
22 Elizaveta Stekolnikova / Dmitri Kazarlyga Kazakhstan 23 22 22 22 44.2
23 Aya Kawai / Hiroshi Tanaka Japan 21 23 23 23 45.6
24 Ksenia Smetanenko / Samuel Gezalian Armenia 24 24 24 24 48.0

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References[edit]

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