NAGANO - Japan
Following the 1972 Sapporo games Japan again hosted the winter games at Nagano in 1998.This town of some 400,000 inhabitants at the heart of the Japanese Alps on the island of Honshu is one of the favourite resorts of Japanese skiers.At the time of the games, bad weather plagued the organisers, who had postpone events several times.As for performances, it will be remembered that the Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie got three new gold medals and became the most decorated athlete of the winter games. Among the ladies Larissa Lazutina also helped herself to the Olympic gold. She took three medals. Finally in speed skating the Netherlands dominated this sport by winning five of the nine finals.