Japan at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Japan at the Olympic Games

Flag of Japan
IOC code  JPN
NOC Japanese Olympic Committee
Website www.joc.or.jp (Japanese)
At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano
Competitors 156 (92 men, 64 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearer Hiroyasu Shimizu (speed skating)
Medals
Rank: 7
Gold
5
Silver
1
Bronze
4
Total
10
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Japan was the host nation for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. It was the second time that Japan has hosted the Winter Games, after the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, and the third time overall, after the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Satoya, TaeTae Satoya Freestyle skiing Women's moguls
 Gold Nishitani, TakafumiTakafumi Nishitani Short track speed skating Men's 500 m
 Gold Funaki, KazuyoshiKazuyoshi Funaki Ski jumping Men's large hill (K120 90m)
 Gold Okabe, TakanobuTakanobu Okabe
Saito, HiroyaHiroya Saito
Harada, MasahikoMasahiko Harada
Funaki, KazuyoshiKazuyoshi Funaki
Ski jumping Men's team large hill (K120 90m)
 Gold Shimizu, HiroyasuHiroyasu Shimizu Speed skating Men's 500 m
 Silver Funaki, KazuyoshiKazuyoshi Funaki Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K90 70m)
 Bronze Uematsu, HitoshiHitoshi Uematsu Short track speed skating Men's 500 m
 Bronze Harada, MasahikoMasahiko Harada Ski jumping Men's large hill (K120 90 m)
 Bronze Shimizu, HiroyasuHiroyasu Shimizu Speed skating Men's 1000 m
 Bronze Okazaki, TomomiTomomi Okazaki Speed skating Women's 500 m

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Yasuyuki Takishita Downhill DNF
Tsuyoshi Tomii 1:52.62 17
Yasuyuki Takishita Super-G 1:38.39 27
Tsuyoshi Tomii 1:37.86 24
Kentaro Minagawa Giant slalom DNF DNF
Takuya Ishioka 1:26.16 1:23.35 2:49.51 29
Kiminobu Kimura 1:25.02 1:21.33 2:46.35 25
Kentaro Minagawa Slalom DNF DNF
Takuya Ishioka 58.85 56.84 1:55.69 21
Gaku Hirasawa 57.74 57.50 1:55.24 20
Kiminobu Kimura 56.53 55.62 1:52.15 13

Men's combined

Athlete Slalom Downhill Total
Time 1 Time 2 Time Total time Rank
Yasuyuki Takishita DNF DNF
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Kumiko Kashiwagi Super-G 1:21.89 36
Noriyo Hiroi Giant slalom DNF DNF
Kumiko Kashiwagi 1:26.33 1:35.58 3:01.91 27
Junko Yamakawa 1:24.93 1:39.02 3:03.95 29
Kazuko Ikeda 1:23.06 1:37.65 3:00.71 25
Noriyo Hiroi Slalom DSQ DSQ
Kumiko Kashiwagi 49.63 50.83 1:40.46 24
Junko Yamakawa 48.76 49.34 1:38.10 20
Kazuko Ikeda 47.88 49.41 1:37.29 17

Women's combined

Athlete Downhill Slalom Total
Time Time 1 Time 2 Total time Rank
Junko Yamakawa 1:34.98 38.24 37.14 2:50.36 16

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
10 km Sprint Atsushi Kazama 6 31:41.2 61
Shuichi Sekiya 3 30:33.4 43
Kyoji Suga 2 29:19.4 18
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
20 km Atsushi Kazama 58:23.5 4 1'02:23.5 45
Hironao Meguro 58:38.2 2 1'00:38.2 28
Kyoji Suga 57:15.6 2 59:15.6 14
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 1 Time Rank
Kyoji Suga
Hironao Meguro
Shuichi Sekiya
Atsushi Kazama
4 1'27:55.7 15
Women
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
7.5 km Sprint Mie Takeda 6 28:10.1 61
Ryoko Takahashi 5 26:34.2 55
Hiromi Seino-Suga 4 26:13.5 53
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
15 km Hiromi Seino-Suga 54:21.9 7 1'01:21.9 37
Mami Shindo-Horma 55:59.3 4 59:59.3 29
Ryoko Takahashi 53:17.4 3 56:17.4 6
Women's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 1 Time Rank
Mami Shindo-Honma
Hiromi Seino-Suga
Mie Takeda
Ryoko Takahashi
1 1'46:23.0 14
1 A penalty loop of 150 metres had to be skied per missed target.
2 One minute added per missed target.

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Naomi Takewaki
Hiroaki Ohishi
Two-man 55.31 17 55.24 20 55.20 20 54.96 16 3:40.71 17
JPN-2 Hiroshi Suzuki
Masanori Inoue
Two-man 55.47 20 55.10 16 55.19 19 55.04 19 3:40.80 19
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Naomi Takewaki
Hiroaki Ohishi
Takashi Ohori
Masanori Inoue
Four-man 53.73 14 53.87 18 53.95 15 2:41.55 15
JPN-2 Toshio Wakita
Yasuo Nakamura
Toshiya Onoda
Shinji Aoto
Four-man 54.02 19 53.66 11 54.28 16 2:41.96 16

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
10 km
C
Mitsuo Horigome 29:44.8 36
Katsuhito Ebisawa 29:30.0 34
Masaaki Kozu 29:23.1 29
Hiroyuki Imai 28:51.5 19
15 km
pursuit1
F
Hiroyuki Imai 43:31.0 28
Masaaki Kozu 42:59.9 24
Mitsuo Horigome 42:47.1 22
Katsuhito Ebisawa 42:46.0 21
30 km
C
Masaaki Kozu 1'48:15.3 56
Kazutoshi Nagahama 1'42:58.7 42
Katsuhito Ebisawa 1'40:48.0 27
Hiroyuki Imai 1'40:40.9 24
50 km
F
Katsuhito Ebisawa 2'18:52.5 39
Kazutoshi Nagahama 2'17:24.4 33
Mitsuo Horigome 2'17:09.2 32
Hiroyuki Imai 2'16:49.5 30
1 Starting delay based on 10 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Katsuhito Ebisawa
Hiroyuki Imai
Mitsuo Horigome
Kazutoshi Nagahama
1'43:06.7 7
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km
C
Kumiko Yokoyama 19:34.5 50
Tomomi Otaka 19:28.8 46
Fumiko Aoki 19:04.8 31
Sumiko Yokoyama 18:55.1 25
10 km
pursuit2
F
Tomomi Otaka 33:21.9 48
Kumiko Yokoyama 33:07.0 46
Fumiko Aoki 31:50.1 29
Sumiko Yokoyama 31:04.2 25
15 km
C
Emiko Sato 54:11.1 54
Fumiko Aoki 51:53.7 37
Kumiko Yokoyama 51:48.7 34
Sumiko Yokoyama 50:55.3 24
30 km
F
Kumiko Yokoyama 1'33:19.7 39
Midori Furusawa 1'33:16.2 38
Sumiko Yokoyama 1'32:04.3 32
2 Starting delay based on 5 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Women's 4 x 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tomomi Otaka
Sumiko Yokoyama
Fumiko Aoki
Kumiko Yokoyama
58:22.8 10

Curling pictogram.svg Curling[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Top four teams advanced to semi-finals.

Country Skip W L
Canada Mike Harris 6 1
Norway Eigil Ramsfjell 5 2
Switzerland Patrick Hürlimann 5 2
United States Tim Somerville 3 4
Japan 5th Makoto Tsuruga 3 4
Sweden Peja Lindholm 3 4
Great Britain Douglas Dryburgh 2 5
Germany Andy Kapp 1 6
Team 1  Score  Team 2
 Canada 7–4  Japan
 Japan 6–5  Sweden
  Switzerland 5–3  Japan
 Norway 5–3  Japan
 United Kingdom 9–5  Japan
 Japan 8–6  United States
 Japan 7–5  Germany

Tie-breaker

Team 1  Score  Team 2
 United States 5–4  Japan

Contestants

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate
Makoto Tsuruga Hiroshi Satoh Yoshiyuki Ohmiya Hirofumi Kudoh Hisaki Nakamine

Women's tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Top four teams advanced to semi-finals.

Country Skip W L
Canada Sandra Schmirler 6 1
Sweden Elisabet Gustafson 6 1
Denmark Helena Blach Lavrsen 5 2
Great Britain Kirsty Hay 4 3
Japan 5th Mayumi Ohkutsu 2 5
Norway Dordi Nordby 2 5
United States Lisa Schoeneberg 2 5
Germany Andrea Schöpp 1 6
Team 1  Score  Team 2
 Japan 5–7  United Kingdom
 Germany 2–9  Japan
 Japan 4–7  Canada
 Japan 6–12  Sweden
 Japan 8–4  Norway
 Denmark 6–4  Japan
 United States 10–2  Japan

Contestants

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate
Mayumi Ohkutsu Akiko Katoh Yukari Kondo Yoko Mimura Akemi Niwa

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete SP FS TFP Rank
Yamato Tamura 15 17 24.5 17
Takeshi Honda 18 12 21.0 15
Women
Athlete SP FS TFP Rank
Shizuka Arakawa 14 14 21.0 13
Pairs
Athletes SP FS TFP Rank
Marie Arai
Shin Amano
20 20 30.0 20
Ice dancing
Athletes CD1 CD2 OD FD TFP Rank
Aya Kawai
Hiroshi Tanaka
21 23 23 23 45.6 23

Freestyle skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Takehiro Sakamoto Moguls 38.07 8.68 30 Did not advance
Yugo Tsukita 25.90 23.81 18 Did not advance
Daigo Hara 29.42 24.04 16 Q 31.27 12.13 15
Gota Miura 28.97 24.14 15 Q 28.11 23.06 13
Kazuaki Ando Aerials 135.12 23 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Aiko Uemura Moguls 36.16 21.82 13 Q 33.08 23.79 7
Tae Satoya 34.73 22.29 11 Q 32.10 25.06 1st

Ice hockey[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Belarus 3 2 0 1 14 4 +10 5
 Germany 3 2 1 0 7 9 -2 4
 France 3 1 2 0 5 8 -3 2
 Japan 3 0 2 1 5 10 -5 1

All times are local (UTC-7).

7 February 1998 Germany  3–1
(0–0, 1–0, 2–1)
 Japan The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,861
9 February 1998 Japan  2–5
(2–1, 0–1, 0–3)
 France The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,930
10 February 1998 Japan  2–2
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 Belarus The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,659

Consolation round[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

12 February 1998 Japan  13th 4–3 (SO)
(1–2, 1–0, 1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
 Austria The Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,495
  • Team roster

Women's tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

The first four 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 6th 5 0 5 0 2 45 0
Team 1  Score  Team 2
 Canada 13–0  Japan
 Finland 11–1  Japan
 Japan 1–6  China
 United States 10–0  Japan
 Japan 0–5  Sweden
Contestants
Miharu Araki
Shiho Fujiwara
Akiko Hatanaka
Mitsuko Igarashi
Yoko Kondo
Akiko Naka
Maiko Obikawa
Yuka Oda
Yukari Ohno
Chie Sakuma
Ayumi Sato
Masako Sato
Rie Sato
Satomi Ono
Yukio Satomi
Aki Sudo
Yuki Togawa
Aki Tsuchida
Haruka Watanabe
Naho Yoshimi

Luge[edit]

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Shigeaki Ushijima 50.747 20 50.405 17 50.716 19 50.435 15 3:22.303 16

(Men's) Doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Atsushi Sasaki
Kei Takahashi
51.541 13 51.835 14 1:43.376 14
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Eriko Yamada 53.494 26 53.015 25 51.595 14 51.319 15 3:29.423 21
Yumie Kobayashi 52.829 23 53.025 26 52.198 22 52.718 26 3:30.770 25
Shino Yanagisawa 52.762 22 52.706 24 52.243 24 52.123 23 3:29.834 23

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
Satoshi Mori Individual 195.0 34 48:29.0 38
Kenji Ogiwara 226.0 9 42:42.2 6
Junichi Kogawa 232.0 4 45:36.8 23
Tsugiharu Ogiwara 232.5 3 42:46.4 4

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
Tsugiharu Ogiwara
Satoshi Mori
Gen Tomii
Kenji Ogiwara
893.0 5 56:18.8 5

Short track speed skating[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round one Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Final rank
Satoru Terao 500 m 42.948 1 Q 1:05.470 4 Did not advance
Hitoshi Uematsu 43.428 2 Q 43.657 2 Q 43.697 1 QA 43.713 3rd
Takafumi Nishitani 43.348 2 Q 42.980 2 Q 42.756 OR 1 Q 42.862 1st
Satoru Terao 1000 m 1:35.323 2 Q 1:29.398 OR 1 Q 1:32.636 5 Did not advance
Naoya Tamura 1:31.168 1 Q 1:29.509 1 Q 1:42.908 4 QB 1:32.927 5
Hitoshi Uematsu 1:30.466 1 Q DSQ Did not advance
Satoru Terao
Naoya Tamura
Takehiro Kodera
Yugo Shinohara
5000 m relay 7:17.223 4 QB 7:01.660 OR 5
Women
Athlete Event Round one Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Final rank
Chikage Tanaka 500 m 46.786 1 Q 56.798 3 ADV 46.497 5 Did not advance
Ikue Teshigawara 47.354 1 Q 52.693 3 ADV 45.736 3 QB 46.889 6
Ayako Tsubaki 46.950 4 Did not advance
Ikue Teshigawara 1000 m 1:35.964 1 Q 1:38.446 2 Q 1:35.266 3 QB 1:37.693 5
Sachi Ozawa 1:35.275 2 Q 1:37.493 3 Did not advance
Chikage Tanaka 1:39.822 2 Q 1:36.570 4 Did not advance
Ikue Teshigawara
Chikage Tanaka
Nobuko Yamada
Sachi Ozawa
3000 m relay 4:24.087 1 QA 4:30.612 4

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Points Rank
Hiroya Saito Normal hill 86.5 110.5 7 Q 83.0 103.0 213.5 9
Noriaki Kasai 87.5 113.5 5 Q 84.5 108.0 221.5 7
Kazuyoshi Funaki 87.5 114.0 4 Q 90.5 119.5 233.5 2nd
Masahiko Harada 91.5 121.0 1 Q 84.5 107.5 228.5 5
Hiroya Saito Large hill 100.0 79.5 47 Did not advance
Masahiko Harada 120.0 117.0 6 Q 136.0 141.3 258.3 3rd
Kazuyoshi Funaki 126.0 129.8 4 Q 132.5 142.5 272.3 1st
Takanobu Okabe 130.0 134.0 2 Q 119.5 116.1 250.1 6
Men's team large hill
Athletes Result
Points 1 Rank
Takanobu Okabe
Hiroya Saito
Masahiko Harada
Kazuyoshi Funaki
933.0 1st
1 Four 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
Takamasa Imai 24.4 35 24.4 28 Did not advance
Takashi Nishida 32.2 28 33.4 20 Did not advance
Makoto Takagaki 34.6 20 32.2 22 Did not advance
Shinichi Watanabe 35.7 15 29.1 26 Did not advance
Women's giant slalom
Athlete Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Shinobu Ueshima 1:16.88 1:11.17 2:28.05 15
Women's halfpipe
Athlete Qualifying round 1 Qualifying round 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Kaori Takeyama 23.5 23 22.7 18 Did not advance
Yuri Yoshikawa 25.6 20 24.9 16 Did not advance

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
500 m Hiroaki Yamakage 36.61 19 36.30 10 72.91 15
Toshiyuki Kuroiwa 36.37 12 36.60 24 72.97 16
Manabu Horii 36.37 12 36.41 15 72.78 13
Hiroyasu Shimizu 35.76 1 35.59 OR 1 71.35 1st
1000 m Hiroyuki Noake 1:12.68 25
Manabu Horii 1:12.40 17
Yusuke Imai 1:11.96 11
Hiroyasu Shimizu 1:11.00 3rd
1500 m Keiji Shirahata 1:52.23 21
Yusuke Imai 1:51.70 16
Toru Aoyanagi 1:50.68 8
Hiroyuki Noake 1:50.49 7
5000 m Hiroyuki Noake 6:51.35 25
Takahiro Nozaki 6:42.30 17
Keiji Shirahata 6:36.71 7
10,000 m Keiji Shirahata 13:57.45 14
Women
Event Athlete Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
500 m Shiho Kusunose 39.56 14 39.24 8 78.80 12
Eriko Sanmiya 39.25 12 39.31 9 78.56 11
Kyoko Shimazaki 38.75 4 38.93 5 77.68 5
Tomomi Okazaki 38.55 3 38.55 3 77.10 3rd
1000 m Kyoko Shimazaki 1:20.49 22
Shiho Kusunose 1:18.82 11
Eriko Sanmiya 1:18.36 8
Tomomi Okazaki 1:18.27 7
1500 m Shiho Kusunose 2:04.38 23
Mie Uehara 2:03.37 21
Aki Tonoike 2:02.84 16
Chiharu Nozaki 2:02.78 15
3000 m Noriko Munekata 4:20.72 18
Chiharu Nozaki 4:19.60 17
Mie Uehara 4:17.92 14
5000 m Nami Nemoto 7:36.77 15
Mie Uehara 7:21.72 11

References[edit]