| Event type

Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date11 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.
Olympic Record 104.0 / Espen Bredesen NOR / 25 February 1994
Judge #1Peter ÖbergSWE
Judge #2Tapio JunnonenFIN
Judge #3Maurice ArbezFRA
Judge #4Yukio KasayaJPN
Judge #5Walter VogelGER
Venue detailsK-Point: 90 m

Expectations of a home victory where high as the Olympic Games visited Japan for a second time and the knowledge that the greatest moment in Japanese winter sports history came in this very event in Sapporo, when the Japanese jumpers swept the medals, meant that eyes of the host nation were firmly fixed on this competition and the nation’s quartet of world class jumpers. Masahiko Harada, the world champion on the large hill, was joined by 1998 Four hills champion Kazuyoshi Funaki and Hiroya Saito, who had produced an impressive run of form in the early part of 1998. Standing between Japan and the ultimate prize were a host of strong European challengers. World Cup winner Primož Peterka hoped to win a first winter medal for Slovenia, World Champion Janne Ahonen flew the flag for Finland and spearheaded by Dieter Thoma, the German team were once again strong.

At the halfway point in the competition the Japanese dream appeared to be coming true. Harada, with a leap of 91.5 m, held the lead and his three teammates all placed within the top seven. The foreign threat came from the fast improving Austrian Andreas Widhölzl and Jani Soininen, a Finn with a reputation for producing wildly varying distances within the same competition. Kazuyoshi Funaki overtook Widhölzl with his second round and led with only the two first round leaders to jump. Soininen’s leap, though not as far as Funaki’s, was enough to put him a point of Funaki but this left a clear opportunity for Harada to clinch the title. Needing a jump of around 88 m to win, Harada fell short and posted just 84.5 m sending him down from 1st to 5th and, for the second successive Games, the image of a distraught Harada was flashed around the World.

159Jani SoininenFIN234.5Gold
262Kazuyoshi FunakiJPN233.5Silver
358Andreas WidhölzlAUT232.5Bronze
455Janne AhonenFIN231.5
560Masahiko HaradaJPN228.5
657Primož PeterkaSLO223.0
750Noriaki KasaiJPN221.5
851Kristian BrendenNOR215.5
954Hiroya SaitoJPN213.5
1053Stefan HorngacherAUT212.5
=1138Michal DoležalCZE211.0
=1145Reinhard SchwarzenbergerAUT211.0
1361Dieter ThomaGER208.5
1456Sven HannawaldGER207.5
1546Ari-Pekka NikkolaFIN205.5
1639Nicolas DessumFRA202.0
1752Hansjörg JäkleGER200.5
1836Bruno ReutelerSUI200.0
1942Martin SchmittGER199.5
2044Mika LaitinenFIN199.0
2140Robert MatejaPOL197.5
2248Andi GoldbergerAUT196.5
2349Henning StensrudNOR193.0
2435František JežCZE192.5
2512Artur KhamidulinRUS186.5
2647Jaroslav SakalaCZE185.0
2715Aleksandr VolkovRUS184.0
2831Jakub SucháčekCZE183.5
2943Sylvain FreiholzSUI182.0
308Dmitry ChvykovKAZ177.0
319Ivan KozlovUKR85.5
=324Stanislav FilimonovKAZ85.0
=3228Wojciech SkupieńPOL85.0
=3234Roberto CeconITA85.0
3527Simon AmmannSUI83.5
3637Espen BredesenNOR82.5
3726Jérôme GayFRA82.0
3825Blaž VrhovnikSLO81.0
3930Peter ŽontaSLO80.5
=4019Aliaksei ShybkoBLR80.0
=4041Roar LjøkelsøyNOR80.0
=422Nikolay PetrushinRUS79.5
=423Alan AlbornUSA79.5
=4222Casey ColbyUSA79.5
=4229Urban FrancSLO79.5
4623Choi Heung-CheolKOR77.5
4711Volodymyr HlyvkaUKR77.0
485Pavel GaydukKAZ76.5
4921Randy WeberUSA74.5
5016Aliaksandr SiniauskiBLR71.5
5132Adam MałyszPOL70.5
5217Brendan DoranUSA69.5
537Choi Yong-JikKOR69.0
5433Valery KobelevRUS68.0
5514Kakha TsakadzeGEO66.5
=561Liubym KohanUKR63.5
=5618Marco SteinauerSUI63.5
5813Aleksandr KolmakovKAZ63.0
596Kim Hyeon-GiKOR61.5
6024Martin MesíkSVK61.0
6110Kim Heung-SooKOR59.5
6220Krystian DługopolskiPOL45.0