Finland at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Finland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Finland
IOC code  FIN
NOC Finnish Olympic Committee
Website sport.fi/olympiakomitea (Finnish)
At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano
Competitors 85 (51 men, 34 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearer Janne Ahonen (ski jumping)
Medals
Rank: 11
Gold
2
Silver
4
Bronze
6
Total
12
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Finland competed at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Myllylä, MikaMika Myllylä Cross-country skiing Men's 30 km (classical)
 Gold Soininen, JaniJani Soininen Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K90 70 m)
 Silver Lahtela, JanneJanne Lahtela Freestyle skiing Men's moguls
 Silver Lajunen, SamppaSamppa Lajunen Nordic combined Men's individual
 Silver Lajunen, SamppaSamppa Lajunen
Manninen, HannuHannu Manninen
Mantila, JariJari Mantila
Nurmela, TapioTapio Nurmela
Nordic combined Men's team
 Silver Soininen, JaniJani Soininen Ski jumping Men's large hill (K120 90 m)
 Bronze Räikkönen, VilleVille Räikkönen Biathlon Men's 10 km sprint
 Bronze Myllylä, MikaMika Myllylä Cross-country skiing Men's 10 km (classical)
 Bronze Isometsä, JariJari Isometsä
Kirvesniemi, HarriHarri Kirvesniemi
Myllylä, MikaMika Myllylä
Repo, SamiSami Repo
Cross-country skiing Men's 4 x 10 km relay
 Bronze Mustonen, SamiSami Mustonen Freestyle skiing Men's moguls
 Bronze Finland men's national ice hockey team
Aki-Petteri Berg   Jere Lehtinen   Ville Peltonen
Tuomas Grönman   Juha Lind   Kimmo Rintanen
Raimo Helminen   Jyrki Lumme   Teemu Selänne
Sami Kapanen   Jarmo Myllys   Ari Sulander
Saku Koivu   Mika Nieminen   Jukka Tammi
Jari Kurri   Janne Niinimaa   Esa Tikkanen
Janne Laukkanen   Teppo Numminen   Kimmo Timonen
Antti Törmänen   Juha Ylönen
Ice hockey Men's competition
 Bronze Finland women's national ice hockey team
Sari Fisk   Sanna Lankosaari   Päivi Salo
Kirsi Hänninen   Katja Lehto   Marja Selin
Satu Huotari   Marika Lehtimäki   Liisa-Maria Sneck
Marianne Ihalainen   Marja-Helena Pälvilä   Petra Vaarakallio
Johanna Ikonen   Tuula Puputti   Riikka Nieminen
Sari Krooks   Karoliina Rantamäki   Tiia Reima
Emma Laaksonen   Katja Riipi
Ice hockey Women's competition

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Mika Marila Giant Slalom DNF DNF
Kalle Palander 1:24.02 DNF DNF
Sami Uotila 1:23.43 1:20.02 2:43.45 19
Sami Uotila Slalom DNF DNF
Mika Marila DNF DNF
Kalle Palander 56.37 55.44 1:51.81 9

Men's combined

Athlete Slalom Downhill Total
Time 1 Time 2 Time Total time Rank
Kalle Palander DNF DNF
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Henna Raita Giant Slalom DNF DNF
Tanja Poutiainen 1:24.90 1:36.76 3:01.66 26
Tanja Poutiainen Slalom 48.06 49.45 1:37.51 18
Henna Raita 47.18 DNF DNF

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
10 km Sprint Harri Eloranta 2 29:21.8 20
Paavo Puurunen 0 28:44.0 9
Ville Räikkönen 1 28:21.7 3
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
20 km Vesa Hietalahti DNF DNF
Ville Räikkönen 57:25.3 3 1'00:25.3 27
Paavo Puurunen 57:11.7 3 1'00:11.7 23
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 1 Time Rank
Ville Räikkönen
Paavo Puurunen
Harri Eloranta
Olli-Pekka Peltola
2 1'25:01.4 8
Women
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
7.5 km Sprint Katja Holanti 2 25:46.2 46
Mari Lampinen 0 23:55.2 8
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
15 km Katja Holanti 58:50.9 3 1'01:50.9 45
Mari Lampinen 55:55.2 5 1'00:55.2 32

1A penalty loop of 150 metres had to be skied per missed target.
2One minute added per missed target.

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
10 km
C
Sami Repo 28:51.3 18
Jari Isometsä 28:36.7 15
Harri Kirvesniemi 28:22.5 13
Mika Myllylä 27:40.1 3
15 km
pursuit1
F
Sami Repo 42:38.9 20
Jari Isometsä 40:55.4 8
Mika Myllylä 40:26.6 6
30 km
C
Sami Repo 1'42:16.8 34
Harri Kirvesniemi 1'37:45.9 6
Jari Isometsä 1'36:51.4 4
Mika Myllylä 1;33:55.8 1
50 km
F
Juha Alm 2'25:00.2 54

1 Starting delay based om 10 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle

Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Harri Kirvesniemi
Mika Myllylä
Sami Repo
Jari Isometsä
1'42:15.5 3
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km
C
Kati Pulkkinen 19:48.0 57
Anita Nyman 19:45.0 56
Satu Salonen 18:43.4 18
Tuulikki Pyykkönen 18:42.8 17
10 km
pursuit2
F
Kati Pulkkinen 33:43.5 51
Anita Nyman 32:53.7 44
Satu Salonen 30:32.0 16
15 km
C
Kati Sundqvist-Venäläinen 52:14.1 41
Milla Jauho 51:38.6 31
Satu Salonen 49:27.6 18
Tuulikki Pyykkönen 49:13.5 12
30 km
F
Milla Jauho 1'35:39.2 50

2 Starting delay based om 5 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle

Women's 4 x 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tuulikki Pyykkönen
Milla Jauho
Satu Salonen
Anita Nyman
57:34.3 7

Figure skating[edit]

Women
Athlete SP FS TFP Rank
Alisa Drei 20 19 29.0 21

Freestyle skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Lauri Lassila Moguls 29.03 24.53 9 Q 26.17 25.43 5
Sami Mustonen 27.47 25.16 3 Q 26.77 25.76 3
Janne Lahtela 27.58 25.43 2 Q 25.30 26.00 2
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Minna Karhu Moguls 35.40 22.39 10 Q 33.65 23.83 6

Ice hockey[edit]

Men's Tournament[edit]

First Round - Group D[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 3 3 0 0 15 6 +9 6
 Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 12 4 +8 4
 Finland 3 1 2 0 11 9 +2 2
 Kazakhstan 3 0 3 0 6 25 -19 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

13 February 1998 Czech Republic  3 – 0
(0-0, 0-1, 0-2)
 Finland The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,050
15 February 1998 Russia  4 – 3
(2-1, 1-2, 0-1)
 Finland The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,894
16 February 1998 Finland  8 – 2
(1-3, 0-1, 1-4)
 Kazakhstan The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,544

Quarter-final[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

18 February 1998 Finland  2 – 1
(0-0, 0-0, 2-1)
 Sweden The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,044

Semi-final[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

20 February 1998 Finland  4 – 7
(0-2, 3-2, 1-3)
 Russia The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: N/A

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

21 February 1998 3 Finland  3 – 2
(2-1, 0-1, 1-0)
 Canada The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,875

Leading scorers[edit]

Rank Player GP G A Pts PIM
1st Teemu Selänne 5 4 6 10 8
2nd Saku Koivu 6 2 8 10 4
8th Jere Lehtinen 6 4 2 6 2

Women's Tournament[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

The First 4 teams (shaded green) advanced to medal round games.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 United States 5 5 0 0 33 7 10
 Canada 5 4 1 0 28 12 8
 Finland 5 3 2 0 27 10 6
 China 5 2 3 0 10 15 4
 Sweden 5 1 4 0 10 21 2
 Japan 5 0 5 0 2 45 0
Team 1  Score  Team 2
 Sweden 0–6  Finland
 Finland 11–1  Japan
 United States 4–2  Finland
 Finland 2–4  Canada
 Finland 6–1  China

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

17 February
Finland  3 4 – 1  China Big Hat (7,412)
First period Ref: Canada Laurie Taylor-Boulton
Yang X. 9:27
Second period
S. Fisk (R. Nieminen, K. Lehto) 3:07
J. Ikonen (P. Vaarakallio, K. Rantamäki) 7:08
S. Lankosaari (K. Riipi, S. Krooks) 10:15
Third period
R. Nieminen (M. Lehtimäki) (en) 19:52
Game stats
Bronze:
 Finland

Sari Fisk
Kirsi Hänninen
Satu Huotari
Marianne Ihalainen
Johanna Ikonen
Sari Krooks
Emma Laaksonen
Sanna Lankosaari
Katja Lehto
Marika Lehtimäki
Riikka Nieminen
Marja-Helena Pälvilä
Tuula Puputti
Karoliina Rantamäki
Tiia Reima
Katja Riipi
Päivi Salo
Maria Selin
Liisa-Maria Sneck
Petra Vaarakallio

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Men's individual

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping
  • 15 km cross-country skiing (Start delay, based on ski jumping results.)
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country
time
Total
rank
Points Rank
Hannu Manninen Individual 207.0 20 43:51.0 11
Jari Mantila 212.0 17 46:10.6 27
Tapio Nurmela 213.5 14 44:31.6 15
Samppa Lajunen 230.5 6 41:48.6 2

Men's Team

Four participants per team.

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping
  • 5 km cross-country skiing (Start delay, based on ski jumping results.)
Athletes Ski jumping Cross-country
time
Total
rank
Points Rank
Samppa Lajunen
Jari Mantila
Tapio Nurmela
Hannu Manninen
906.0 1 55:30.4 2

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Points Rank
Mika Laitinen Normal hill 82.5 100.5 17 Q 81.5 98.5 199.0 20
Ari-Pekka Nikkola 83.0 101.5 15 Q 83.5 104.0 205.5 15
Janne Ahonen 86.5 110.0 8 Q 91.5 121.5 231.5 4
Jani Soininen 90.0 118.5 2 Q 89.0 116.0 234.5 1
Janne Ahonen Large hill 106.0 91.3 37 Did not advance
Ari-Pekka Nikkola 108.5 94.3 31 Did not advance
Mika Laitinen 119.5 114.6 9 Q 115.5 107.9 222.5 18
Jani Soininen 129.5 130.6 3 Q 126.5 130.2 260.8 2
Men's team large hill
Athletes Result
Points 1 Rank
Ari-Pekka Nikkola
Mika Laitinen
Janne Ahonen
Jani Soininen
833.9 5

1Four teams members performed two jumps each.

Snowboarding[edit]

Men's halfpipe
Athlete Qualifying round 1 Qualifying round 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Sebu Kuhlberg 33.4 23 39.7 4 QF 76.6 7
Aleksi Litovaara 39.0 5 QF 71.9 14
Jussi Oksanen 39.7 3 QF 73.6 11
Markus Hurme 41.1 1 QF 73.0 13
Women's halfpipe
Athlete Qualifying round 1 Qualifying round 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Satu Järvelä 31.8 11 32.0 9 Did not advance
Minna Hesso 34.2 5 35.1 3 QF 70.8 6

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
500 m Janne Hänninen 36.58 17 36.46 19 73.04 18
1000 m Janne Hänninen 1:12.55 21

References[edit]