| Event type

Large Hill, Team, Men

Date17 February 1998
LocationHakuba Ski Jumping Stadium, Hakuba
Participants52 from 13 countries
FormatTwo jumps per team member, with both scored on distance and form. Four members per team, with all four jumps in each round to count towards team total.
Judge #1Maurice ArbezFRA
Judge #2Yukio KasayaJPN
Judge #3Walter VogelGER
Judge #4Jerzy CieslarPOL
Judge #5Tapio JunnonenFIN
Venue detailsK-Point: 120 m

The events of the 1994 Winter Olympics stayed long in the memory for Japanese sports fans. Needing only a modest distance to secure gold for his team Masahiko Harada made a complete mess of his jump and gifted the title to Germany. The most recent World Championship title had gone to Finland but Japanese success in Nagano had earned them the mantle of favourites for this event.

Halfway through the first round all was going well for Japan. Okabe and Saito had put the Japanese into lead and next it was the turn of world champion Harada to jump, but Harada’s effort turned into an unmitigated disaster, and even caused his team to be subtracted points from their total. Austria, Germany and Norway would all overtake Japan and fill the first three places as the first round closed. During the interval between the two rounds snow fell and it seemed possible that the second round might be cancelled and Austria would be crowned champions. To the relief of the home fans the weather improved and the event continued. The pattern for the second set of jumps mirrored the first and Japan gained back points from their opening jumpers. When Harada stood at the top of the hill for his second jump the title was again within his team’s reach. As his nation collectively held their breath he came down the ramp, leapt and then hung in the air for an eternity, landing only at 137.0 m to equal the Olympic best set minutes earlier by Okabe. This gave Japan a clear lead with only a distance of 90.5 needed by Funaki to ensure victory. Funaki’s leap of 125 m was the cue for wild celebrations and considerable relief for the home team.

13-1Takanobu Okabe259.3
13-2Hiroya Saito256.2
13-3Masahiko Harada177.2
13-4Kazuyoshi Funaki240.3
12-1Sven Hannawald258.3
12-2Martin Schmitt200.1
12-3Hansjörg Jäkle193.6
12-4Dieter Thoma245.4
10-1Reinhard Schwarzenberger196.5
10-2Martin Höllwarth241.9
10-3Stefan Horngacher176.5
10-4Andreas Widhölzl266.6
9-1Henning Stensrud226.2
9-2Lasse Ottesen208.8
9-3Roar Ljøkelsøy180.9
9-4Kristian Brenden254.7
11-1Ari-Pekka Nikkola202.9
11-2Mika Laitinen184.1
11-3Janne Ahonen213.2
11-4Jani Soininen233.7
6-1Sylvain Freiholz211.1
6-2Marco Steinauer175.4
6-3Simon Ammann117.7
6-4Bruno Reuteler230.8
77Czech RepublicCZE710.3
7-1Jakub Sucháček149.5
7-2František Jež199.1
7-3Michal Doležal205.2
7-4Jaroslav Sakala156.5
5-1Adam Małysz190.0
5-2Łukasz Kruczek165.8
5-3Wojciech Skupień135.1
5-4Robert Mateja193.3
94Russian FederationRUS639.7
4-1Nikolay Petrushin153.0
4-2Artur Khamidulin152.1
4-3Aleksandr Volkov151.9
4-4Valery Kobelev182.7
8-1Miha Rihtar180.7
8-2Peter Žonta104.1
8-3Blaž Vrhovnik123.2
8-4Primož Peterka202.3
1-1Pavel Gayduk126.0
1-2Aleksandr Kolmakov176.1
1-3Dmitry Chvykov143.5
1-4Stanislav Filimonov156.4
123United StatesUSA490.7
3-1Mike Keuler138.1
3-2Alan Alborn120.0
3-3Randy Weber109.6
3-4Casey Colby123.0
132Republic of KoreaKOR373.8
2-1Kim Heung-Soo103.1
2-2Kim Hyeon-Gi76.7
2-3Choi Yong-Jik86.8
2-4Choi Heung-Cheol107.2