Skiers Share Gold Medal After Historic Tie In Olympic Downhill Skiing


Olympic history was made early Wednesday morning when two skiers finished the women’s downhill race in a dead heat in Sochi.

Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze both finished with a time of 1 minute, 47.57 seconds, and for the first time ever in alpine skiing, there was a tie for the gold medal, according to The Associated Press. Gisin and Maze will each get their own gold medal to keep.

“I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina,” Gisin said. “She’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.”

Swiss skier Lara Gut earned bronze, 0.10 behind the winners.

There have been seven other occasions in Winter Olympics history when two gold medals were handed out because of a tie. Most of those were in speedskating, which now uses a clock that goes to the thousandth of a second.

Check out a photo of Gisin’s and Maze’s neck-and-neck race below, via @NBCOlympics.

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Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@tonymanfred

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