Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998

The XVIII Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998 were the last Games in the 20th century. They included 2,339 athletes (of whom 787 women) coming from 72 countries. 10,376 media members covered the Games. 2,568 were print media members, almost as many as at Lillehammer 1994 (2,578). There were 5,737 international broadcast media members and as many as 2,053 Japanese broadcast media members. Japanese emperor Akihito opened the Games and former figure skating world champion and 1992 Olympic silver medallist from Albertville Midori Ito lit the Olmypic flame. Nordic combined skier Kenji Ogiwara took the Olympic Oath on behalf of the athletes.

Flag bearers: At the Opening Ceremony: Janica Kostelić
                    At the Closing Ceremony: Vedran Pavlek

Chef de Mission: Darko Dujmović - Chef de Mission at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games, the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Chef de Mission at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games,Deputy Chef de Mission at the Bari 1997 Mediterranean Games,Chef de Mission at the Tunis 2011 Mediterranean Games and other multi-sport events (EYOF).


The XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano featured Croatia's largest Olympic team until then. Janica Kostelić, then 16 years old new promising alpine skier from Croatia's capital of Zagreb,also participated and had the honour of carrying the Croatian flag at the Opening Ceremony. Janica Kostelić competed in all alpine skiing events.

Alpine skiing, Women
Janica Kostelić
-did not finish

Giant Slalom

Janica Kostelić