| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date15 February 1998
LocationHakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, Hakuba
Participants62 from 19 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form. Only the top 30 jumpers (and ties) from the first jump advance to the second jump.
Judge #1Tapio JunnonenFIN
Judge #2Walter VogelGER
Judge #3Jerzy CieslarPOL
Judge #4Peter ÖbergSWE
Judge #5Yukio KasayaJPN
DetailsK-Point: 120 m

30,000 spectators gathered at the Hakuba Ski Jump in anticipation of the first Japanese Olympic triumph in the sport since the Sapporo Games in 1972. The home crowd certainly had reasons to expect a memorable day’s sport. The enigmatic Masahiko Harada held the world title at this event, Four Hills champion Kazuyoshi Funaki had already won a silver medal at these Games and the two other Japanese jumpers, Okabe and Saito, were also talented performers. The man who threatened to spoil the party for the hosts was the jumper who had already won on the smaller hill, Jani Soininen of Finland.

Whilst the Japanese occupied three of the first six places, the half way lead was taken by the 21-year-old Austrian Andreas Widhölzl, who had already impressed in taking third place in the K-90 competition. In sixth place, but apparently out of medal contention after the first round, was Harada but his second round leap was a monster. His jump was so long that he landed outside the range of the electronic measuring device and had to be measured manually. The competition could not wait and the last five jumps were taken before Harada’s score was processed. With the crowd at a fever pitch Funaki stepped up to take his jump and sailed out to 132.5 m and into the lead. Funaki also scored perfect 20.0 on style points from all five judges, the only time this has occurred at the Winter Olympics (through 2010), and one of only five times this has been accomplished in international ski jumping.

Soininen produced a respectable but not huge leap and could not overhaul Funaki. Second-placed Okabe failed to leap within ten metres of his first attempt and slumped down the leader board, which left only Widhölz between Japan and Olympic gold. The Austrian dropped well short of the required distance and a great cheer came from the home supporters as Funaki was recognized as champion. A few seconds later confirmation came that Harada’s giant leap had catapulted him into the bronze medal position.

162Kazuyoshi FunakiJPN272.3Gold
259Jani SoininenFIN260.8Silver
360Masahiko HaradaJPN258.3Bronze
458Andreas WidhölzlAUT258.2
557Primož PeterkaSLO251.1
639Takanobu OkabeJPN250.1
746Reinhard SchwarzenbergerAUT244.2
837Michal DoležalCZE243.2
941Roar LjøkelsøyNOR242.3
1044Lasse OttesenNOR238.9
1129Wojciech SkupieńPOL237.5
1261Dieter ThomaGER235.6
1351Kristian BrendenNOR234.5
1442Martin SchmittGER233.7
1531Jakub SucháčekCZE229.3
1638Nicolas DessumFRA228.5
1726Blaž VrhovnikSLO226.8
1845Mika LaitinenFIN222.5
1936Bruno ReutelerSUI222.3
2040Robert MatejaPOL219.6
2127Jérôme GayFRA219.3
2234Roberto CeconITA217.6
2316Artur KhamidulinRUS217.2
2435František JežCZE208.7
2514Stanislav FilimonovKAZ206.6
2624Martin MesíkSVK198.0
278Aleksandr VolkovRUS179.5
2830Peter ŽontaSLO178.4
2918Volodymyr HlyvkaUKR168.5
3022Casey ColbyUSA165.8
3147Ari-Pekka NikkolaFIN94.3
327Aliaksandr SiniauskiBLR94.2
3319Marco SteinauerSUI93.9
3425Miha RihtarSLO93.4
3533Valery KobelevRUS92.9
3613Ivan KozlovUKR91.9
3755Janne AhonenFIN91.3
3850Henning StensrudNOR89.7
3928Simon AmmannSUI89.3
4023Choi Heung-CheolKOR89.1
4143Sylvain FreiholzSUI88.8
422Pavel GaydukKAZ87.1
4349Martin HöllwarthAUT86.6
4410Alan AlbornUSA82.5
4511Łukasz KruczekPOL81.6
466Aleksandr KolmakovKAZ80.7
4754Hiroya SaitoJPN79.5
4856Sven HannawaldGER78.0
499Dmitry ChvykovKAZ76.2
5021Randy WeberUSA75.3
5117Kim Hyeon-GiKOR72.9
5232Adam MałyszPOL71.1
533Choi Yong-JikKOR66.6
544Nikolay PetrushinRUS66.1
5520Aliaksei ShybkoBLR65.1
5648Jaroslav SakalaCZE61.2
5752Hansjörg JäkleGER61.1
581Brendan DoranUSA58.7
5915Kakha TsakadzeGEO52.6
6053Stefan HorngacherAUT41.2
615Liubym KohanUKR35.2
6212Kim Heung-SooKOR9.9