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Olympic first: Dominique Gisin, Tina Maze tie for gold in women’s downhill

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 5

in action during the Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill on day 5 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Richard Heathcote

Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze tied for gold in the women’s downhill on Wednesday, marking the first time in Olympic history that two gold medals were handed out in the same Alpine skiing event.

There have been ties for other medals, but never gold. This edges the previous record for closest finish from 1998, when Picabo Street beat Michaela Dorfmeister by .1 in super-G.

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Here are some other ties of note, via NBC’s Joe Battaglia:

At the 1998 Nagano Games, Didier Cuche of Switzerland and Hans Knausz of Austria tied for men’s super-G silver. In 1992, American Diann Roffe and Austria’s Anita Wachter tied for silver in the women’s giant slalom in Albertville. And, at the 1964 Innsbruck Games, Christine Goitschel of France and Jean Saubert of the U.S. tied for women’s giant slalom silver.

Maze became the first Slovenian gold medalist while Gisin gives Swiss its first gold since 1984. Both tied with a time of 1:41.57.

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Lara Gut won bronze with a 1:41.67 mark.

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