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50 kilometres, Freestyle, Men

Date22 February 1998 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants75 from 28 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 113 m
Intermediate 1: 8.5 km
Intermediate 2: 25.2 km
Intermediate 3: 33.4 km
Intermediate 4: 46.4 km
Maximum Climb: 67 m
Total Climbing: 1,749 m

Bjørn Dæhlie was not at his best in the marathon distance, and had never won the event at the World Championships. But he was a strong freestyler and had won the gold medal in the event at the 1992 Winter Olympics, placing fourth in 1994. The last two World Champions had been Mika Myllylä of Finland in 1997, and Silvio Fauner of Italy in 1995. Myllylä had won the 1996-97 distance World Cup, had already won the 30 km in Hakuba, and might have been a slight favorite, but he was not entered for this race.

The race was extremely close. Dæhlie started slowly and was only 10th at the first checkpoint, moved to fourth at the halfway point, and pulled ahead at around 40 km. The early leader was Austrian Christian Hoffmann but he was worn down by Dæhlie’s steady approach, and would drop back to the bronze medal position. It was left to Sweden’s Niklas Jonsson to challenge the Norwegian superstar. Jonsson started slightly ahead of Dæhlie but at 40 km, he was 30 seconds behind. Then he closed very quickly, but was unable to fully close the lead, and Dæhlie won by 8.1 seconds, as they both collapsed across the line.

And thus ended the Olympic career of Bjørn Dæhlie, the greatest ever cross-country skier. He competed at the 1999 World Championships, with what was, for him, minimal success (a silver and a bronze), and then retired after a roller ski accident in early 2000. In his Olympic career, he won 12 medals and eight gold medals, both absolute Winter Olympic records. His six individual gold medals equals the Winter Olympic mark set by Soviet speed skater Lidiya Skoblikova in 1960-64. At the World Championships Dæhlie won 17 medals and nine gold medals.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)Int 4 (Pos)
13Bjørn DæhlieNOR2-05:08.221:54.0 (10)1-02:22.4 (4)1-21:13.6 (2)1-55:35.4 (1)Gold
22Niklas JonssonSWE2-05:16.321:46.4 (6)1-02:52.4 (8)1-21:43.4 (5)1-56:04.0 (2)Silver
34Christian HoffmannAUT2-06:01.821:24.6 (1)1-01:53.5 (2)1-20:44.6 (1)1-56:11.8 (3)Bronze
418Aleksey ProkurorovRUS2-06:41.521:30.8 (2)1-01:50.0 (1)1-21:23.7 (3)1-57:13.9 (5)
56Fulvio ValbusaITA2-06:44.321:39.8 (4)1-02:15.8 (3)1-21:29.7 (4)1-56:56.3 (4)
65Thomas AlsgaardNOR2-07:21.521:49.5 (7)1-02:44.4 (6)1-21:59.2 (6)1-57:31.2 (6)
77Johann MühleggGER2-07:25.321:41.4 (5)1-02:38.5 (5)1-22:08.7 (7)1-57:49.6 (7)
81Vladimir SmirnovKAZ2-07:26.421:52.1 (8)1-03:18.7 (10)1-22:25.4 (8)1-57:58.4 (8)
915Maurizio PozziITA2-08:13.222:02.7 (13)1-02:47.8 (7)1-22:31.9 (9)1-58:46.4 (9)
1014Silvio FaunerITA2-08:44.322:00.2 (12)1-03:17.5 (9)1-23:01.8 (10)1-59:17.4 (10)
119Anders EideNOR2-11:06.921:57.2 (11)1-04:13.7 (11)1-24:29.8 (11)2-01:16.3 (11)
128Alois StadloberAUT2-11:22.421:52.9 (9)1-04:15.5 (12)1-24:44.6 (13)2-01:46.9 (12)
1312Luboš BuchtaCZE2-11:34.822:34.7 (18)1-04:47.3 (14)1-25:05.3 (14)2-01:48.5 (13)
1425Hervé BallandFRA2-11:55.922:18.0 (15)1-05:10.9 (16)1-25:25.8 (16)2-02:04.6 (14)
1524Andrey NutrikhinRUS2-12:21.922:49.1 (29)1-05:41.8 (20)1-25:56.7 (20)2-02:35.4 (15)
1616Pietro Piller CottrerITA2-12:37.921:37.5 (3)1-04:53.1 (15)1-25:25.7 (15)2-02:43.5 (16)
1747Petr MichlCZE2-13:08.322:42.4 (25)1-06:08.8 (25)1-26:24.5 (22)2-03:21.3 (17)
1821Jeremias WiggerSUI2-13:50.522:49.5 (30)1-06:30.9 (28)1-27:25.4 (28)2-04:05.9 (21)
1920Ivan BátorySVK2-13:54.522:40.9 (=23)1-05:14.7 (17)1-25:39.4 (17)2-03:26.6 (18)
2017Mathias FredrikssonSWE2-14:05.922:19.5 (16)1-06:09.4 (26)1-26:28.7 (23)2-03:41.5 (19)
2126Vincent VittozFRA2-14:16.222:44.2 (26)1-05:44.0 (21)1-26:04.6 (21)2-03:46.7 (20)
2234Wilhelm AschwandenSUI2-14:18.022:38.8 (21)1-06:05.2 (22)1-26:32.3 (25)2-04:17.3 (22)
2335Andrey NevzorovKAZ2-15:14.722:46.1 (28)1-06:05.9 (23)1-26:52.1 (26)2-04:54.1 (23)
2413Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2-15:21.722:54.5 (31)1-08:03.0 (37)1-28:29.2 (32)2-05:42.5 (26)
2527Jordi RibóESP2-16:04.822:39.1 (22)1-07:46.7 (34)1-28:31.3 (34)2-06:06.0 (30)
2659René SommerfeldtGER2-16:19.922:40.9 (=23)1-05:25.0 (19)1-25:46.0 (19)2-05:23.0 (24)
2750Aleksandr SannikovBLR2-16:34.423:07.7 (36)1-07:30.7 (32)1-28:29.8 (33)2-06:28.7 (31)
2831Stephan KunzLIE2-16:36.222:57.3 (33)1-06:06.1 (24)1-26:31.8 (24)2-05:24.0 (25)
2946Qu DonghaiCHN2-16:42.322:44.5 (27)1-06:28.2 (27)1-27:02.9 (27)2-05:52.0 (29)
3033Hiroyuki ImaiJPN2-16:49.524:01.7 (54)1-09:05.6 (47)1-29:32.4 (39)2-06:51.9 (34)
3164Sergey DolidovichBLR2-17:07.523:23.6 (38)1-08:24.1 (38)1-29:28.5 (38)2-07:22.0 (37)
3279Mitsuo HorigomeJPN2-17:09.223:27.1 (39)1-07:55.8 (36)1-28:52.6 (36)2-06:50.6 (32)
3365Kazutoshi NagahamaJPN2-17:24.423:14.2 (37)1-07:51.5 (35)1-28:57.8 (37)2-06:51.8 (33)
3410Torgny MogrenSWE2-17:28.822:38.1 (20)1-05:21.5 (18)1-25:42.7 (18)2-05:48.5 (28)
3545Marcus NashUSA2-17:37.823:07.0 (34)1-07:13.7 (30)1-28:06.8 (30)2-07:13.4 (35)
3641Andreas SchlütterGER2-17:52.122:32.9 (17)1-06:33.0 (29)1-27:54.6 (29)2-07:42.8 (38)
3776Maksim PichuginRUS2-18:19.122:37.8 (19)1-07:28.6 (31)1-28:16.5 (31)2-07:17.5 (36)
3843Achim WalcherAUT2-18:31.722:11.8 (14)1-04:27.0 (13)1-24:32.7 (12)2-05:46.4 (27)
3942Katsuhito EbisawaJPN2-18:52.524:27.2 (56)1-08:52.9 (43)1-30:54.7 (49)2-09:10.9 (41)
4039Janusz KrężelokPOL2-19:04.423:07.5 (35)1-08:59.4 (45)1-30:29.9 (45)2-09:06.9 (40)
4137Michael BinzerDEN2-19:20.723:58.5 (52)1-08:55.2 (44)1-30:03.8 (42)2-09:01.7 (39)
4252Álvaro GijónESP2-20:24.724:00.2 (53)1-09:28.7 (50)1-31:08.7 (51)2-10:01.1 (44)
4371Oleksandr ZarovniyUKR2-20:31.023:57.6 (51)1-09:26.1 (48)1-30:48.2 (47)2-09:49.2 (43)
4422Patrick WeaverUSA2-20:37.723:27.5 (40)1-07:32.4 (33)1-28:47.7 (35)2-09:32.4 (42)
4575Vladimir BortsovKAZ2-20:39.323:36.8 (42)1-09:32.0 (51)1-30:54.0 (48)2-10:09.7 (45)
4666Mykhailo ArtiukhovUKR2-20:59.222:55.2 (32)1-08:52.4 (41)1-30:41.3 (46)2-10:39.1 (48)
4767Jiří MagálCZE2-21:30.523:34.4 (41)1-08:39.4 (39)1-29:44.3 (40)2-10:12.0 (46)
4832Anthony EvansAUS2-21:44.423:46.6 (46)1-09:26.7 (49)1-31:01.2 (50)2-11:06.6 (50)
4963Reto BurgermeisterSUI2-22:28.323:51.5 (49)1-08:52.6 (42)1-29:57.4 (41)2-10:39.8 (49)
5036Mykola PopovychUKR2-22:48.023:43.0 (45)1-09:03.3 (46)1-30:24.5 (44)2-10:29.3 (47)
5157Vladislavas ZybailaLTU2-23:34.624:35.9 (60)1-11:14.9 (56)1-32:58.6 (56)2-13:04.1 (52)
5268Marc GilbertsonUSA2-24:37.524:34.9 (59)1-11:52.6 (59)1-33:59.7 (58)2-13:58.1 (55)
5353John BauerUSA2-24:45.423:56.1 (50)1-10:24.8 (54)1-32:56.5 (55)2-13:52.5 (54)
5438Juha AlmFIN2-25:00.223:38.9 (44)1-10:28.8 (55)1-32:25.5 (52)2-13:52.3 (53)
5554Vitaly LilichenkoKAZ2-25:58.023:37.5 (43)1-08:45.0 (40)1-30:08.3 (43)2-12:15.0 (51)
5630Chris BlanchardCAN2-26:58.924:09.7 (55)1-11:40.2 (58)1-34:13.7 (59)2-15:52.1 (57)
5719Oleksandr UshkalenkoUKR2-27:09.123:50.3 (48)1-10:08.3 (52)1-32:47.1 (54)2-15:42.8 (56)
5858Robin McKeeverCAN2-28:19.023:49.7 (47)1-10:16.6 (53)1-32:28.7 (53)2-16:20.8 (58)
5962Paul GrayAUS2-29:08.224:28.1 (57)1-12:29.9 (60)1-35:18.8 (60)2-17:39.2 (59)
6044Roberts RaimoLAT2-30:49.925:10.1 (62)1-13:25.0 (61)1-36:06.7 (61)2-18:45.4 (60)
6123Shin Doo-SunKOR2-33:27.324:37.3 (61)1-11:37.4 (57)1-33:36.6 (57)2-20:02.8 (61)
6277Guido VisserCAN2-33:49.724:28.8 (58)1-14:34.5 (62)1-37:04.2 (62)2-22:31.4 (62)
AC48Donald FarleyCAN– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC56Gerhard UrainAUT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC61Grigory MensheninRUS– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC78Haritz ZunzuneguiESP– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC11Henrik ForsbergSWE– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC74Ivan HudačSVK– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC40Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC60Martin BajčičákSVK– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC28Meelis AasmäeEST– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC69Nikolay SemenyakoBLR– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC29Ričardas PanavasLTU– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC51Vyacheslav PlaksunovBLR– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC49Zsolt AntalROU– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS70Lukáš BauerCZE– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS55Patrick RemyFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS73Philippe SanchezFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS72Beat KochSUI– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)