Double Gold Awarded for Rare Tie in Women’s Downhill

Feb 12, 2014 5:01am
AP Tie 140212 16x9 608 Double Gold Awarded for Rare Tie in Womens Downhill

(Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland finished with the exact same time in the women’s downhill skiing race today, resulting in a rare Olympic tie.

Each of them finished the treacherous course in exactly 1 minute and 41.57 seconds.

Olympic ties are rare, but not unprecedented.

The last Olympic skiing tie occurred in 1998 during the men’s super-G event when two skiers both won silver, according to the Associated Press. In 1984, two American swimmers tied in the women’s 100 meter freestyle race. In 2000, another pair of American swimmers tied to win the men’s 50 meter freestyle race.

Today, Maze and Gisin joined hands before stepping onto the first-place podium. They’ll both receive gold medals. Lara Gut of Switzerland came in third. No silver medal will be awarded.

The three American skiers in the race failed to medal, including Julia Mancuso, who dominated the downhill portion of the super-combined event on Monday en route to a bronze medal.

“I am disappointed with my skiing, I made some big mistakes. I would like to have another chance, but it’s over. I have to move on to my next event,” she said afterward.

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