Figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
Figure Skating, Nagano 1998.png
Type: Olympic Games
Venue: White Ring
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 events in 1998 Winter Olympics 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' singles: 18–20 February 1998[1]
  • Exhibition gala: 21 February 1998

Medal summary[edit]

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles Ilia Kulik
 Russia
Elvis Stojko
 Canada
Philippe Candeloro
 France
Ladies' singles Tara Lipinski
 United States
Michelle Kwan
 United States
Chen Lu
 China
Pair skating Oksana Kazakova
/ Artur Dmitriev
 Russia
Elena Berezhnaya
/ Anton Sikharulidze
 Russia
Mandy Wötzel
/ Ingo Steuer
 Germany
Ice dancing Oksana Grishuk
/ Evgeny Platov
 Russia
Anjelika Krylova
/ Oleg Ovsyannikov
 Russia
Marina Anissina
/ Gwendal Peizerat
 France

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 3 2 0 5
2  United States 1 1 0 2
3  Canada 0 1 0 1
4  France 0 0 2 2
5  China 0 0 1 1
 Germany 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 4 12

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 skating. 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 skating 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 Skating 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 skating, 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 skating, 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 Skating 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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