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Olympic tie? Double gold medals in Olympic women’s downhill skiing (5 photos)

Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both win gold in Sochi Olympics women’s downhill skiing
Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both win gold in Sochi Olympics women’s downhill skiing
Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

The Olympic women’s downhill skiing competition had a first on Wednesday. After taking on the course, with jumps and bumps down the Rosa Khutor slope, there were two athletes who came in at the same time at the Winter Games. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland each swept across the finish line with exactly the same time of one minute, 41.57 seconds. According to ABC News on Wednesday, since the time was exact there will be two gold medals and a bronze medal awarded in the competition with no silver medal being offered to the competitors.

It’s highly unusual to see an Olympic tie. And even more rare that the tie is for the gold medal. However that didn’t stop both women for being acknowledged for their skill on the slopes and given the gold. While there are no do-overs in Olympic sports, this moment in history probably brought both women closer together as both are gold medal champions.

Alpine skiers are familiar with joint wins on the World Cup circuit, but never has this type of situation happened at the Olympics for the gold medal. Hoping that a real champion is defined, it appears for this particular event there are two champions and they love the idea of taking home the gold!