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First place tie in women's alpine skiing downhill

Tina Maze (L) and Dominique Gisin
Richard Heathcote, Getty Images

According to the 2014 Sochi website, for the first time ever there was a first place tie in an alpine skiing competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland posted identical first place times of 1:41.57. Due to the first place tie, no silver medal was awarded. Meanwhile, Lara Gut of Switzerland won the bronze medal with a time of 1:41.67.

Maze's gold medal winning time was significant because it set a Slovenian record for the most medals for the country at one Olympic Winter Games with four, and it is only day five of the Olympic Winter Games. Slovenia's four medals are also impressive because they only have a population of just over two million.

Canadian sports fans might remember a first place tie in Olympic bobsled. At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Pierre Lueders of Edmonton and Dave McEachern of Charlottetown tied with the Italian team of Gunther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia for first place in the two-man bobsled competition with a time of 3:37.24.

Two other storylines from the women's downhill included the fact that pre-tournament favourite Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany only finished 13th and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who was second in the World Cup standings this year had to pull out because of an injury in training. Canadian Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ontario was 20th, impressive when you consider the fact there was no Canadian alpine speed team this year.

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