| Event type

Super G, Men

Date16 February 1998 — 08:45
LocationHappo'one, Hakuba (Olympic Course I)
Participants45 from 22 countries
Course SetterPeter EndraßSWE
DetailsGates: 46
Length: 2407 m
Start Altitude: 1490 m
Vertical Drop: 650 m

Austria’s Hermann Maier was unusual among world-class skiers in that he was a specialist in the Super G, by far his best event. He had won all the World Cup Super Gs coming into Nagano and was heavily favored, until he crashed badly, landing on his head, during the Olympic downhill. It was not certain if The Herminator could recover in time for the Super G, but he appeared at the starthouse, with the lead held at the time by his teammate, Hans Knauß. Maier skied somewhat conservatively for him, as he was known for his wild, go-for-broke style, probably affected by his serious downhill accident. Still, he bested Knauß’s time by 0.61 seconds, taking the lead, and nobody would challenge that time, bringing Maier the gold medal he most wanted. As the 17th starter, after the seeded skiers had gone off, Switzerland’s Didier Cuche came down in the same time as Knauß and they shared silver medals. Three days later, Maier would add a second gold medal in the giant slalom. In a very long career emphasizing downhill and Super G, Cuche would win the 2009 World Championships in the Super G and add a silver in the downhill.

18Hermann MaierAUT1:34.82Gold
=217Didier CucheSUI1:35.43Silver
=26Hans KnaußAUT1:35.43Silver
424Alessandro FattoriITA1:35.61
515Kjetil André AamodtNOR1:35.67
613Patrik JärbynSWE1:35.72
711Daron RahlvesUSA1:35.96
822Tommy MoeUSA1:35.97
95Lasse KjusNOR1:36.25
1014Fredrik NybergSWE1:36.31
1116Bruno KernenSUI1:36.37
1236Brian StemmleCAN1:36.40
1325Kyle RasmussenUSA1:36.52
1412Steve LocherSUI1:36.62
153Werner PerathonerITA1:36.64
169Kristian GhedinaITA1:36.70
1730Jernej KoblarSLO1:36.84
182Paul AccolaSUI1:36.87
=1910Andreas SchiffererAUT1:37.00
=194Peter RunggaldierITA1:37.00
2128Andrey FilichkinRUS1:37.29
2232Enis BećirbegovićBIH1:37.58
2318Peter PenSLO1:37.81
2433Tsuyoshi TomiiJPN1:37.86
251Jean-Luc CrétierFRA1:37.95
2626Jürgen HaslerLIE1:38.32
2731Yasuyuki TakishitaJPN1:38.39
2828Aleš BrezavščekSLO1:38.54
2938Vasily BezsmelnitsynRUS1:39.39
3037Vedran PavlekCRO1:39.63
3139Graham BellGBR1:39.80
3240Renato GašparCRO1:39.85
3335Andrew FreshwaterGBR1:39.89
3429Chad FleischerUSA1:40.19
3542Tejs BrobergDEN1:41.09
3645Ihar YudinBLR1:45.92
3747Marcelo ApovianBRA1:49.43
AC20Frédéric Marin-CudrazFRADNF
AC41Thomas GrobCHIDNF
AC43Zurab DzhidzhishviliGEODNF
AC44Víctor GómezANDDNF
AC46Alex HeathRSADNF
AC7Stephan EberharterAUT1:35.72DQ1
AC21Nicolas BurtinFRADQ2
AC23Ed PodivinskyCANDQ3
DNS34Thomas LodlerCRO
DNS19Adrien DuvillardFRA