1998 Goodwill Games

The 1998 Goodwill Games was the fourth edition of the international sports competition the Goodwill Games, which were created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s. The competition was held in and around New York City in the United States from July 19 to August 2, 1998. Some events were held in New York City, while many were held in nearby suburbs in Long Island, including Uniondale.[1]

Athletes who won gold medals at the 1998 Goodwill Games include Michelle Kwan, Dominique Moceanu, Michael Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dan O'Brien, Félix Savón, Jenny Thompson and Alexander Popov.[1]

The event is also notable for a training accident involving Chinese gymnast Sang Lan, which injured her spinal cord and left her partially paralyzed.[1]

1998 Goodwill Games
Official logo of the games.
Host cityNew York City, New York
Opening ceremony19 July 1998
Closing ceremony2 August 1998
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Medal table

Place Nation 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
1  United States 41 49 42 132
2  Russia 35 29 30 94
3  Cuba 8 5 4 17
4  China 7 7 6 20
5  Kenya 5 4 4 13
6  Germany 3 3 10 16
7  Australia 2 6 2 10
8  Belarus 2 5 2 9
9  Jamaica 2 2 5 9
10  Iran 2 1 1 4
11  Brazil 2 0 1 3
12  Kazakhstan 2 0 1 3
13  United Kingdom 2 0 0 2
14  Ukraine 1 5 4 10
15  Romania 1 3 5 9
16  Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2
17  Czech Republic 1 0 1 2
 Italy 1 0 1 2
 Uzbekistan 1 0 1 2
20  Algeria 1 0 0 1
 Mozambique 1 0 0 1
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1
23  Bulgaria 0 2 2 4
24  France 0 2 1 3
25  Mexico 0 2 0 2
26  Turkey 0 1 5 6
27  Morocco 0 1 1 2
 Poland 0 1 1 2
 Japan 0 1 1 2
30  Bahamas 0 1 0 1
 Canada 0 1 0 1
 Nigeria 0 1 0 1
 Spain 0 1 0 1
34  Argentina 0 0 1 1
 Armenia 0 0 1 1
 Ecuador 0 0 1 1
 Greece 0 0 1 1
 Hungary 0 0 1 1
 Iceland 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
 Norway 0 0 1 1
 Philippines 0 0 1 1


  1. ^ a b c Moving on: Despite red ink, Games head to Brisbane and maybe Lake Placid, CNN/Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1998
  2. ^ "Goodwill Games 1998: Sports and Venues". Archived from the original on 2012-08-16.
Amy Palmer

Amy Marie Palmer (born April 20, 1975 in Tooele, Utah) is a retired female hammer thrower from the United States. Her personal best throw was 68.28 metres, achieved on April 29, 2000 in Philadelphia.

She was the bronze medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games. At the 1999 World Championships in Athletics she competed in the earlier stages but she reached the final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, finishing in eighth place.

Athletics at the 1998 Goodwill Games

At the 1998 Goodwill Games, the athletics events were held at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York, United States from 19 to 22 July. The programme consisted of 44 track and field events, of which 22 were contested by male athletes and 22 by female athletes. With the introduction of the women's hammer throw and mile run, the men's and women's programmes achieved equivalent parity for the first time. The United States topped the athletics medal table for a third consecutive edition winning 17 gold medals and 55 medals in total. Russia were the next best performing nation, with 11 golds and 21 medals. Kenya, Cuba and Jamaica rounded out the top-five countries.

As in previous editions, the competition was by invitation only and events were contested in a single final format. Significant prize money was available to athletes, with some event winners receiving US$40,000, and world record breaking performances were worth $120,000. One world record was broken at the competition – an American team comprising Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington and Michael Johnson improved the 4×400 metres relay record. Sixteen Goodwill Games records were set over the course of the four-day competition. Athletes from the USA filled the podium in five separate events: the women's heptathlon and the men's 400 m, 110 metres hurdles, 400 metres hurdles and shot put.

Marion Jones won the women's 100 metres and 200 metres in Games record time, beating Zhanna Pintusevich on both occasions. Jackie Joyner-Kersee won a fourth consecutive heptathlon title at the Goodwill Games in what was the last competitive outing of her career. Jearl Miles Clark took two silver medals in the 400 metres and 800 metres. Tyree Washington won 200 and 400 m silvers before breaking the world record in the relay. Dan O'Brien, completing his first decathlon since his 1996 Olympic gold, won the event with a games record score.

Athletics at the 1998 Goodwill Games – Results

These are the official results of the athletics competition at the 1998 Goodwill Games which took place on July 19–22, 1998 in Uniondale, New York, United States.

Brian Brown (high jumper)

Brian Brown (born January 9, 1967) is an American male former track and field athlete who competed in the high jump. His career best was 2.34 m (7 ft 8 in), set in 1990. He was the national champion at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1989 and won the NCAA Indoor Division I title in 1990.

He competed for the United States three times at world level, at the 1989 IAAF World Cup, 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 1999 World Championships in Athletics. Brown was a bronze medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games.

After his retirement from the sport he turned to coaching and organisation, working at Drake University and the Drake Relays, alongside his wife Natasha Kaiser-Brown.

Brian Lewis (sprinter)

Brian M. Lewis (born December 5, 1974) is an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Born in Sacramento, California, Brian Lewis played baseball (his father and uncle had played professional baseball) through his ninth grade, but moved then to athletics, because he did not want his father to coach him. Lewis graduated from Highlands High School in 1993.

Lewis was the member of American 4 × 100 m relay team, that did not finish its heat at the 1997 World Championships. At the 1998 Goodwill Games, Lewis was third in 100 m.

In 1999, Lewis won the US National Championships in 100 m and ran the third leg on the American 4 × 100 m relay team, which won the gold medal at the World Championships and also reached the semifinals of 100 m.

At the Sydney Olympics, Lewis ran the third leg on the gold medal-winning American 4 × 100 m relay team.

Figure skating at the 1998 Goodwill Games

The figure skating competition at the 1998 Goodwill Games took place from July 29, 1998 to August 1, 1998 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.

Jamey Harris

Jamey Harris (born June 14, 1971) is an American athlete and coach in track and field and cross-country. He is the 1998 USA national champion in the men's 1500 meters and finished fourth in the world in the men's mile at the 1998 Goodwill Games. Jamey Harris is currently Head Coach for Cross Country and Assistant Coach of Track and Field at Humboldt State University.

Kristen Maloney

Kristen Ann Maloney (born March 10, 1981) is a retired gymnast from Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, United States, who won bronze in the team event at the 2000 Olympic Games. Maloney was also the U.S. senior all-around national champion in 1998 and 1999 and the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist on the balance beam.

Maloney also competed for the University of California, Los Angeles in the NCAA from 2001 until 2004.

Luke Kipkosgei

Luke Kipkosgei (born 27 November 1975 in Iten) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who is most known for his track running over 3000 metres and 5000 metres.

His first major medals came in 1998: he took the 5000 metres gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games and then a silver medal behind Haile Gebrselassie over 3000 m at the 1998 IAAF Grand Prix Final. Two years later at the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final, he won the gold in the event. A silver medal over 5000 m at the 2001 Goodwill Games was followed by a bronze at the 2001 IAAF Grand Prix Final. He is a four-time winner of the Zatopek 10,000 metres race in Australia and holds the current race record of 27:22.54, set in 1998.He has also competed in cross country running and won the Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio in 1998 and the Cross de l'Acier in 2000. He was the silver medallist in the short race at the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, finishing behind Kenenisa Bekele but helping Kenya to the team gold. He won his first global track medal at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships, taking the bronze medal over 3000 m.He later switched to road running and took 10K wins at the Cooper River Bridge Run in 2004 and the Azalea Trail Run in 2005. He made his debut over the marathon distance at the 2010 Antwerp Marathon and recorded a time of 2:14:37 for second place.In December 2010 Luke was invited back to Melbourne as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Zatopek:10. Luke decided to also race the 10000m track event, placing 5th behind Josphat Menjo in 28:47. Despite being the fastest 10000m runner of 2010, Menjo was unable to break Luke's race record, winning in a time of 27:39.80.

He trains with Kimbia Athletics and is coached by Dieter Hogen.

Michelle Johnson (athlete)

Michelle Johnson Skog (born April 12, 1974) is an American female former track and field hurdler who specialized in the 400-meter hurdles. She set personal records of 54.15 seconds for the 400 m hurldes in 1999 and 12.88 seconds for the 100-meter hurdles in 1998. She was a bronze medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games and represented her country at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics and 1998 Goodwill Games.

Mitchel Athletic Complex

The Mitchel Athletic Complex is part of the Mitchel Field complex, located in Uniondale, New York in the United States. Mitchel Athletic Complex was built in 1984 and renovated in 1997; it hosted track and field and soccer events during the 1998 Goodwill Games.In 2000, the Complex hosted two matches of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. A third round match between the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the MetroStars, now the New York Red Bulls, of Major League Soccer and a semi-final match between the Miami Fusion and the MetroStars with the MetroStars falling in the semi-final. In 2002, the Complex hosted a quarter-final match of the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup between the Columbus Crew and the MetroStars.Mitchel Athletic Complex (also called Mitchel Park and Mitchel Field) was the home to the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. The 2003 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game was held at Mitchel. It was also home to the New York Power of the former Women's United Soccer Association. It is the current home of the soccer club Long Island Rough Riders. The current seating capacity is 10,102.

One of the hangars of the Complex was the practice facility for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League. The team played their games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on another part of Mitchel Field.

In 2013 the New York Cosmos opened a new practice facility for the team with remodeled soccer fields within the large site, and in 2019 they club announced that they would play their regular-season games at the complex.

Paul Laciga

Paul Laciga (born 24 November 1970 in Bern) is a beach volleyball player from Switzerland, who won the silver medal in the men's beach team competition at the 2005 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Berlin, Germany, partnering Sascha Heyer. He represented his native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 2000 (Sydney, Australia).

Laciga and his younger brother Martin (born 1975) teamed from 1995 through 2004 to place fifth in two Olympics (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) while competing together in four FIVB World Championships (1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003) and the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City. The Swiss brothers won six international gold medals (five SWATCH titles and a 1997 FIVB Challenge crown in the Czech Republic).

Laciga earned FIVB World Championship silver medals with his brother in 1997 in Marseille, France, and with Sascha Heyer in 2005 at Berlin. Sandwiched between bronze (1997 Italy) and silver medal finishes (2001 Italy, and 2002 Switzerland), the Lacigas captured three-straight European continental championships (1998 Greece, 1999 Majorca and 2000 Spain).

Shana Williams

Shana L. Williams (born April 7, 1972) is a retired American track and field athlete who competed in the long jump. She is a two-time Olympian, having competed in her event at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. Williams won the silver medal at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Maebashi. Her personal best of 7.01 m ranks her as the fifth best American in the long jump on the all-time lists. She is a two-time USA Indoor champion and also won the gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games.

Staciana Stitts

Staciana Stitts Winfield (born September 12, 1981), née Staciana Stitts, is an American former competition swimmer and breaststroke specialist. She is a 2000 Summer Olympics and 1999 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 1998 Goodwill Games silver medalist.

Stitts and her University of California, Berkeley teammates Haley Cope, Joscelin Yeo, and Praphalsai Minpraphal broke the 4×50-meter medley relay short-course world record in 2000 with a time of 1:49.23.

In 2004, she graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From 2005 to 2006, Stitts-Winfield worked at the College of Charleston as an assistant swimming coach. In June 2006, Stitts-Winfield was named an assistant swimming coach at University of Southern California (USC).Stitts-Winfield states, "The life significance of losing my hair at age 12 from alopecia areata has made me a very strong, determined person." She has been a motivational speaker at the National Alopecia Areata Foundation's Teens Conference Camp and has been a spokesperson for the Children's Alopecia Project.

Swimming at the 1998 Goodwill Games

The swimming competition at the 1998 Goodwill Games was held in New York City, New York, USA from 28 July to 2 August.

Tisha Waller

Tisha Felice Waller, (born December 1, 1970 in South Boston, Virginia) is an American athlete competing in the high jump, who participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. She is a five time American Champion, and internationally won the 1998 Goodwill Games, plus bronze medals in the 1991 World University Games and the 1999 World Indoor Championships.

Tisha Waller graduated from Halifax County High School and the University of North Carolina. After graduating she became a kindergarten teacher, becoming 1996 Teacher of the year honors at Livsey Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. That same year she won the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) and competed in the home town Olympics. She concentrated on High Jump, coached by Nat Page for a few years but taking the 2001 season off to finish her master's degree at Clark University and return to teaching first grade at a brand new school, Wynbrooke Traditional Theme School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She was named USATFs Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2003.

Waller established an American women's indoor record of 2.01 meters (6' 7.25") at the 1998 USA Indoor Championships on February 28, 1998. Her mark stood for 14 years until it was broken by Chaunte Lowe by a single centimeter, 2.02m, at the 2012 USA Indoor Championships.

Wagner College Stadium

Wagner College Stadium is a 3,500-seat multi-purpose stadium located on the campus of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Opened in 1967, the stadium is used for football, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, and track & field. Hameline Field has 400 premium seat back chairs located at midfield. Below the stadium is a field house featuring several locker rooms, a training room, an equipment room, and public facilities. Surrounding the field is a six-lane synthetic track, allowing the college to play host to many major track & field events. The stadium was renovated as part of a $13 million addition to the campus facilities in 1998. In 2006, the stadium's natural grass field was replaced with state-of-the-art FieldTurf, a synthetic grass playing surface.

In 2012, the playing surface was named Hameline Field in honor of long-time athletic director and head football coach Walt Hameline. In 2013, lights were added to the stadium, and the football and women's soccer teams played home night games for the first time.

Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink is a public ice rink in the southern part of Central Park, Manhattan, New York City. It is named after the Wollman family who donated the funds for its original construction. The rink is open for ice skating from late October to early April; from late May to September it is transformed into Victoria Gardens, an amusement park for children.

The Wollman Rink is currently operated by the Trump Organization, the Victoria Gardens Amusement Park by Central Amusement International, LLC (CAI), who also operate the Luna Park amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.


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