Nagano Winter Olympics

The Prefecture of Nagono Japan, hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. With events held throughout the region, including Nagano, Nozawaonsen, Yamanouchi, Karuisawa, Lizuna and Hakuba.

72 nations participated, with German topping the medals table (G-12/ S-9/ B-8), with Norway (G-10/ S-10/ B-5) and Russia (G-9, S-6/ B-3) second and third respectively.

The resort of Hakuba hosted some of the most prestigious events, including Ski Jumping, the Down Hill and Super G, as well as the Cross Country skiing.

One of the most dramatic events of the game's was Hermann Maier's spectacular crash in the Men's Down Hill. Favourite to win the event, Maier lost control at 60 km on a tight bend, cart wheeling through the barriers. Fortunately he landed in soft snow and was able to walk away unhurt. Maier showed he was a true champion by going on to win two gold medals a couple of days later in the Giant Slalom and Super G.

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