Finland at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Finland competed at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Finland at the
1998 Winter Olympics
Flag of Finland.svg
IOC codeFIN
NOCFinnish Olympic Committee
Websitesport.fi/olympiakomitea (in Finnish and Swedish)
in Nagano
Competitors85 (51 men, 34 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearer Janne Ahonen (ski jumping)
Medals
Ranked 11th
Gold
2
Silver
4
Bronze
6
Total
12
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event
  Gold Mika Myllylä Cross-country skiing Men's 30 km (classical)
  Gold Jani Soininen Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K90 70 m)
  Silver Janne Lahtela Freestyle skiing Men's moguls
  Silver Samppa Lajunen Nordic combined Men's individual
  Silver Samppa Lajunen
Hannu Manninen
Jari Mantila
Tapio Nurmela
Nordic combined Men's team
  Silver Jani Soininen Ski jumping Men's large hill (K120 90 m)
  Bronze Ville Räikkönen Biathlon Men's 10 km sprint
  Bronze Mika Myllylä Cross-country skiing Men's 10 km (classical)
  Bronze Jari Isometsä
Harri Kirvesniemi
Mika Myllylä
Sami Repo
Cross-country skiing Men's 4 × 10 km relay
  Bronze Sami Mustonen Freestyle skiing Men's moguls
  Bronze Finland men's national ice hockey team
Ice hockey Men's competition
  Bronze Finland women's national ice hockey team
Ice hockey Women's competition

Alpine skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Mika Marila Giant Slalom DNF DNF
Kalle Palander 1:24.02 DNF DNF
Sami Uotila 1:23.43 1:20.02 2:43.45 19
Sami Uotila Slalom DNF DNF
Mika Marila DNF DNF
Kalle Palander 56.37 55.44 1:51.81 9

Men's combined

Athlete Slalom Downhill Total
Time 1 Time 2 Time Total time Rank
Kalle Palander DNF DNF
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Time Time Rank
Henna Raita Giant Slalom DNF DNF
Tanja Poutiainen 1:24.90 1:36.76 3:01.66 26
Tanja Poutiainen Slalom 48.06 49.45 1:37.51 18
Henna Raita 47.18 DNF DNF

BiathlonEdit

Men
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
10 km Sprint Harri Eloranta 2 29:21.8 20
Paavo Puurunen 0 28:44.0 9
Ville Räikkönen 1 28:21.7  
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
20 km Vesa Hietalahti DNF DNF
Ville Räikkönen 57:25.3 3 1'00:25.3 27
Paavo Puurunen 57:11.7 3 1'00:11.7 23
Men's 4 × 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 1 Time Rank
Ville Räikkönen
Paavo Puurunen
Harri Eloranta
Olli-Pekka Peltola
2 1'25:01.4 8
Women
Event Athlete Misses 1 Time Rank
7.5 km Sprint Katja Holanti 2 25:46.2 46
Mari Lampinen 0 23:55.2 8
Event Athlete Time Misses Adjusted time 2 Rank
15 km Katja Holanti 58:50.9 3 1'01:50.9 45
Mari Lampinen 55:55.2 5 1'00:55.2 32
1 A penalty loop of 150 metres had to be skied per missed target.
2 One minute added per missed target.

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
10 km
C
Sami Repo 28:51.3 18
Jari Isometsä 28:36.7 15
Harri Kirvesniemi 28:22.5 13
Mika Myllylä 27:40.1  
15 km
pursuit1
F
Sami Repo 42:38.9 20
Jari Isometsä 40:55.4 8
Mika Myllylä 40:26.6 6
30 km
C
Sami Repo 1'42:16.8 34
Harri Kirvesniemi 1'37:45.9 6
Jari Isometsä 1'36:51.4 4
Mika Myllylä 1;33:55.8  
50 km
F
Juha Alm 2'25:00.2 54
1 Starting delay based on 10 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Harri Kirvesniemi
Mika Myllylä
Sami Repo
Jari Isometsä
1'42:15.5  
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km
C
Kati Pulkkinen 19:48.0 57
Anita Nyman 19:45.0 56
Satu Salonen 18:43.4 18
Tuulikki Pyykkönen 18:42.8 17
10 km
pursuit2
F
Kati Pulkkinen 33:43.5 51
Anita Nyman 32:53.7 44
Satu Salonen 30:32.0 16
15 km
C
Kati Sundqvist-Venäläinen 52:14.1 41
Milla Jauho 51:38.6 31
Satu Salonen 49:27.6 18
Tuulikki Pyykkönen 49:13.5 12
30 km
F
Milla Jauho 1'35:39.2 50
2 Starting delay based on 5 km results.
C = Classical style, F = Freestyle
Women's 4 × 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tuulikki Pyykkönen
Milla Jauho
Satu Salonen
Anita Nyman
57:34.3 7

Figure skatingEdit

Women
Athlete SP FS TFP Rank
Alisa Drei 20 19 29.0 21

Freestyle skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Lauri Lassila Moguls 29.03 24.53 9 Q 26.17 25.43 5
Sami Mustonen 27.47 25.16 3 Q 26.77 25.76  
Janne Lahtela 27.58 25.43 2 Q 25.30 26.00  
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Time Points Rank Time Points Rank
Minna Karhu Moguls 35.40 22.39 10 Q 33.65 23.83 6

Ice hockeyEdit

Men's TournamentEdit

First Round - Group DEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
  Russia 3 3 0 0 15 6 +9 6
  Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 12 4 +8 4
  Finland 3 1 2 0 11 9 +2 2
  Kazakhstan 3 0 3 0 6 25 -19 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

13 February 1998Czech Republic  3 – 0
(0-0, 0-1, 0-2)
  FinlandThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,050
15 February 1998Russia  4 – 3
(2-1, 1-2, 0-1)
  FinlandThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,894
16 February 1998Finland  8 – 2
(1-3, 0-1, 1-4)
  KazakhstanThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,544

Quarter-finalEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

18 February 1998Finland  2 – 1
(0-0, 0-0, 2-1)
  SwedenThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,044

Semi-finalEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

20 February 1998Finland  4 – 7
(0-2, 3-2, 1-3)
  RussiaThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: N/A

Bronze Medal GameEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

21 February 1998  Finland  3 – 2
(2-1, 0-1, 1-0)
  CanadaThe Big Hat/ Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,875

Leading scorersEdit

Rank Player GP G A Pts PIM
1st Teemu Selänne 5 4 6 10 8
2nd Saku Koivu 6 2 8 10 4
8th Jere Lehtinen 6 4 2 6 2
  • Team Roster
Pos. No. Name 1997-98 team
G 30 Jukka Tammi   Frankfurt Lions
G 31 Ari Sulander   Jokerit
G 35 Jarmo Myllys   Luleå HF
D 4 Kimmo Timonen   HIFK
D 5 Aki-Petteri Berg   Los Angeles Kings
D 6 Tuomas Grönman   Pittsburgh Penguins
D 12 Janne Laukkanen   Ottawa Senators
D 21 Jyrki Lumme   Vancouver Canucks
D 27 Teppo Numminen   Phoenix Coyotes
D 44 Janne Niinimaa   Philadelphia Flyers
F 8 Teemu Selänne   Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
F 10 Esa Tikkanen   Florida Panthers
F 11 Saku Koivu   Montreal Canadiens
F 14 Raimo Helminen   Ilves
F 15 Antti Törmänen   Jokerit
F 16 Ville Peltonen   Västra Frölunda HC
F 17 Jari Kurri   Colorado Avalanche
F 19 Juha Lind   Dallas Stars
F 20 Jere Lehtinen   Dallas Stars
F 24 Sami Kapanen   Carolina Hurricanes
F 25 Kimmo Rintanen   TPS
F 37 Juha Ylönen   Phoenix Coyotes
F 40 Mika Nieminen   Jokerit

Women's TournamentEdit

Group StageEdit

The First 4 teams (shaded green) advanced to medal round games.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  United States 5 5 0 0 33 7 10
  Canada 5 4 1 0 28 12 8
  Finland 5 3 2 0 27 10 6
  China 5 2 3 0 10 15 4
  Sweden 5 1 4 0 10 21 2
  Japan 5 0 5 0 2 45 0
Team 1  Score  Team 2
  Sweden 0–6   Finland
  Finland 11–1   Japan
  United States 4–2   Finland
  Finland 2–4   Canada
  Finland 6–1   China

Bronze Medal GameEdit

17 February
Finland     4 – 1   China Big Hat (7,412)
First period Ref:   Laurie Taylor-Boulton
Yang X. 9:27
Second period
S. Fisk (R. Nieminen, K. Lehto) 3:07
J. Ikonen (P. Vaarakallio, K. Rantamäki) 7:08
S. Lankosaari (K. Riipi, S. Krooks) 10:15
Third period
R. Nieminen (M. Lehtimäki) (en) 19:52
Game stats
Bronze:
  Finland

Sari Fisk
Kirsi Hänninen
Satu Huotari
Marianne Ihalainen
Johanna Ikonen
Sari Krooks
Emma Laaksonen
Sanna Lankosaari
Katja Lehto
Marika Lehtimäki
Riikka Nieminen
Marja-Helena Pälvilä
Tuula Puputti
Karoliina Rantamäki
Tiia Reima
Katja Riipi
Päivi Salo
Maria Selin
Liisa-Maria Sneck
Petra Vaarakallio

Nordic combinedEdit

Men's individual

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping
  • 15 km cross-country skiing (Start delay, based on ski jumping results.)
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country
time
Total
rank
Points Rank
Hannu Manninen Individual 207.0 20 43:51.0 11
Jari Mantila 212.0 17 46:10.6 27
Tapio Nurmela 213.5 14 44:31.6 15
Samppa Lajunen 230.5 6 41:48.6  

Men's Team

Four participants per team.

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping
  • 5 km cross-country skiing (Start delay, based on ski jumping results.)
Athletes Ski jumping Cross-country
time
Total
rank
Points Rank
Samppa Lajunen
Jari Mantila
Tapio Nurmela
Hannu Manninen
906.0 1 55:30.4  

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Rank Distance Points Points Rank
Mika Laitinen Normal hill 82.5 100.5 17 Q 81.5 98.5 199.0 20
Ari-Pekka Nikkola 83.0 101.5 15 Q 83.5 104.0 205.5 15
Janne Ahonen 86.5 110.0 8 Q 91.5 121.5 231.5 4
Jani Soininen 90.0 118.5 2 Q 89.0 116.0 234.5  
Janne Ahonen Large hill 106.0 91.3 37 Did not advance
Ari-Pekka Nikkola 108.5 94.3 31 Did not advance
Mika Laitinen 119.5 114.6 9 Q 115.5 107.9 222.5 18
Jani Soininen 129.5 130.6 3 Q 126.5 130.2 260.8  
Men's team large hill
Athletes Result
Points 1 Rank
Ari-Pekka Nikkola
Mika Laitinen
Janne Ahonen
Jani Soininen
833.9 5
1 Four teams members performed two jumps each.

SnowboardingEdit

Men's halfpipe
Athlete Qualifying round 1 Qualifying round 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Sebu Kuhlberg 33.4 23 39.7 4 QF 76.6 7
Aleksi Litovaara 39.0 5 QF 71.9 14
Jussi Oksanen 39.7 3 QF 73.6 11
Markus Hurme 41.1 1 QF 73.0 13
Women's halfpipe
Athlete Qualifying round 1 Qualifying round 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Satu Järvelä 31.8 11 32.0 9 Did not advance
Minna Hesso 34.2 5 35.1 3 QF 70.8 6

Speed skatingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
500 m Janne Hänninen 36.58 17 36.46 19 73.04 18
1000 m Janne Hänninen 1:12.55 21

ReferencesEdit