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Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics

The City of Nagano: Nagano is the capital of Nagano Prefecture in Japan . The city is situated near the meeting point of the Chikuma River and Sai River in the island of Honshu, Japan .

The city was originally built around a famous Buddhist temple, Zenko-ji .

The Eighteenth Winter Olympics: The 1998 Winter Olympics were officially known as the X VIII Olympic Winter Games. The games were held in Nagano in Japan.

Venue: 1998 Winter Summer Games were held at Nagano Olympic Stadium in Nagano, Japan . Nagano Olympic Stadium is a baseball-use stadium. The stadium was used to hold the opening and closing ceremonies of the eighteenth Winter Summer Games in 1998.

Participants: 2176 participants competed in the 1998 Winter Summer Games . The 72 countries which participated in the Games were Armenia, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordon, Kenya, DPR Korea, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yugoslavia and Virgin Islands.

Events: There were 72 events in 7 sports in the eighteenth Winter Summer Games in 1998. The sports included were alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, figure skating, free style skiing, ice hockey, luge, cross-country skiing, curling, Nordic combined, snowboarding, ski jumping, short track speed skating and speed skating.

Medal Count: Germany won the highest number of medals with 29 medals in total ( 12 gold, 9 silver, 8 bronze medals) . Japan, the host country won total 10 medals with 5 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Nagano, Japan Winter Summer Games, 1998: The eighteenth Winter Summer Games were held from 7 th February to 22 nd February in Nagano in Japan. The games were officially opened by HIM Emperor Akihito. The athletes uttered the Olympic oath led by Kenji Ogiwara. The judges took the Olympic oath led by Junko Hiramatsu . In the stadium the Olympic Flame was lit by Midori Ito.

  1998 Winter Olympics Medal Table  
1 Germany 129829
2 Norway 1010525
3 Russia 96318
4 Canada 65415
5 United States 63413
6 Netherlands 54211
7 Japan 51410
8 Austria 35917
9 South Korea 3126
10 Italy 26210
11 Finland 24612
12 Switzerland 2237
13 France 2158
14 Czech Republic 1113
15 Bulgaria 1001
16 China 0628
17 Sweden 0213
18 Denmark 0101
18 Ukraine 0101
20 Belarus 0022
20 Kazakhstan 0022
22 Australia 0011
22 Belgium 0011
22 Great Britain 0011

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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