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History Made As Skiers Get Double Gold Medals
Two winter Olympians have recorded a historic first after both were awarded a gold medal - having clocked exactly the same time in a downhill skiiing event.
The women's Alpine skiing downhill ended in a tie for first place, with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin and Slovenia's Tina Maze clocking the same time down to the last hundredth of a second.
Gisin first clocked 1min 41.57sec down the 2.7km-long course, but Maze matched her time 13 runners later - making it the first time Alpine skiers have shared gold at an Olympics.
Switzerland's Lara Gut was a further 0.10sec adrift in third and received bronze, with no silver medal awarded in the race.
Maze led Gisin at each time split and speed check but then appeared to be slowed by softening snow on the final slope, as temperatures approached 10C (50F).
Still, Maze stretched both arms overhead and threw her race goggles in the air after seeing she shared the lead.
Gisin, who last won a downhill race in January 2009, came out of the leader's box into the finish area to hug Maze.
Four years ago, Gisin's Olympic downhill ended when she crashed off the final jump.
This time, the 28-year-old Swiss racer was in tears while taking a call on her mobile phone.
Speaking after the unique result, Gisin said: "I'm completely overwhelmed.
"I didn't want to look at the big screens. It's crazy. There was a lot of nerves, a lot of sweat, lot of emotions.
"It was lonely there in the leader's box. It's incredible, how else can I say it? It's a big honour to share the gold with Tina, she's an amazing woman."
Pre-race favourites Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Julia Mancuso of the United States slipped out of contention, racing after Gisin on the softening snow.
Hoefl-Riesch, chasing a record-equalling fourth Olympic Alpine gold, was 1.17 back in 13th place.
Mancuso, who started No. 12, trailed by 0.99 in eighth place after losing more than a half-second in the lower sections.
Britain's Chemmy Alcott finished in 19th place with a time of 1:43.43.