at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Mount Yakebitai (giant slalom) & Kanbayashi Snowboard Park (halfpipe)|
|Dates||8–12 February 1998|
|Competitors||125 from 22 nations|
| Snowboarding at the|
1998 Winter Olympics
The snowboarding competition of the 1998 Winter Olympics was held at Mount Yakebitai and Kanbayashi Snowboard Park. The competition took place between 8 and 12 February 1998 and featured four events: Men's and Women's giant slalom and halfpipe.
This was the first Olympic appearance of snowboarding. Although a separate snowboard federation was established in 1994, the International Ski Federation brought snowboard under its jurisdiction with encouragement from the IOC.
|7||United States (USA)||0||0||2||2|
|Totals (8 nations)||4||4||4||12|
|Giant slalom || Ross Rebagliati |
|2:03.96|| Thomas Prugger |
|2:03.98|| Ueli Kestenholz |
|Halfpipe || Gian Simmen |
|85.2|| Daniel Franck |
|82.4|| Ross Powers |
|Giant slalom || Karine Ruby |
|2:17.34|| Heidi Renoth |
|2:19.17|| Brigitte Köck |
|Halfpipe || Nicola Thost |
|74.6|| Stine Brun Kjeldaas |
|74.2|| Shannon Dunn-Downing |
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