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.
Her 8th place in the combined event was the best result any Croatian athlete had ever achieved in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. She finished 26th in the super giant slalom, 25th in the downhill, 24th in the giant slalom and she did not finish her slalom race. Vedran Pavlek, who had participated in three Olympic Games as Croatia's only Olympic alpine skier before the Japan Games, finished his career as an athlete there after finishing 28th in the giant slalom and 30th in the super giant slalom.He had the honour of carrying the Croatian flag at the Closing Ceremony. Renato Gašpar finished 32nd in the super-G and did not finish his giant slalom race.Alpine skier Thomas Lodler finished 23rd in the giant slalom and figure skater Ivana Jakupčević was 25th in the short program, which wasn't enough for her to get in the group of 24 skaters who advanced to the free skating portion.