7:38 pm - 02/12/2014

Sochi 2014: Women's downhill features first shared gold medal

Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze made Winter Olympics history in the women's downhill as they shared the gold medal in Sochi.

Switzerland's Gisin and the Slovenian Maze both recorded a time of 1min 41.57sec at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre to become the first athletes to share the top of the podium in the Winter Games.

Gisin was the first to set the benchmark before Maze matched her, with another Swiss, Lara Gut, earning bronze after finishing 0.10 seconds adrift of the pair.

Britain's Chemmy Alcott claimed 19th place, 1.86sec off the pace. The 31-year-old competed in the super combined earlier this week, taking part in the downhill event as practice for Wednesday's event before withdrawing from the slalom.

That was always something she had intended to do as she was wary of taking on too much after the third leg-break of her career in August.

After managing to make the Winter Games, a top-20 finish has delighted the Londoner. "To come and be 19th, less than two seconds off on the toughest downhill I've ever skied, it's up there," Alcott said. "I know that sounds crazy to some people because we've got a strong Team GB and we're going to win loads of medals here.

"[But] to come to my fourth Olympics, 19th is a gold for me. Anyone who's followed what I've been through will understand that."

Maze was one of the pre-race favourites for gold in the absence of the injured Vancouver 2010 champion Lindsey Vonn.

"I have no words. This doesn't feel real. I will have to see my team to get myself together and realise how much this means to us," said Maze, who claimed silver in the Super-G and giant slalom four years ago. "I have been dreaming about this since I was little. The first ski race I ever won in my life was a downhill, so before I went down the track today I said to myself: 'This has to be it. I can do it,' and I just went for it."

The soft conditions were just right for 28-year-old Gisin, who competed in the downhill in Vancouver but failed to finish the race. "This is incredible. I am overwhelmed with emotions," she said. "I am so happy – what a day. I don't think I even dreamt about this. Now that I have won, I am living the dream, but this is better than dreaming."

Maria Höfl-Riesch triumphed in the super combined earlier this week and was another tipped to do well on Wednesday, but the German could finish only 13th, while the 2010 silver medallist Julia Mancuso finished eighth.


Have you ever had to share your win, ONTD?
squirrels_oh_no 13th-Feb-2014 12:44 am (UTC)
I had to share a scholarship with another girl who had no interest in the program but just wanted the money and her adviser was an alumna of the sorority she was president of. I'm still bitter.
spanishsaharaa 13th-Feb-2014 12:51 am (UTC)

ophiodeiros 13th-Feb-2014 12:54 am (UTC)
wooo hooooo!! go tina, go tina
ophiodeiros 13th-Feb-2014 12:58 am (UTC)
and they were cute as hell about it
pastelstar 13th-Feb-2014 01:00 am (UTC)
I love their toques! And they're wearing very complimentary colors.
astronof 13th-Feb-2014 02:48 am (UTC)
ikr? + tina is so endearing
scriptedending 13th-Feb-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
that's awesome! and they both look so psyched.
houndooms 13th-Feb-2014 01:05 am (UTC)
i had to share my win at my school's spelling bee in elementary school because NEITHER of us were spelling a word wrong and it was dragging on lol.
funhouse 13th-Feb-2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
tough situation, because there's no proper way you can settle it without choosing a kid to give a difficult word to
elaraesque 13th-Feb-2014 01:07 am (UTC)
i'm still pissed about shaun white still losing tbh if it was a PROPER pipe he'd win js
paai 13th-Feb-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Lol, what? Why do you say it wasn't a "proper" pipe?
elaraesque 13th-Feb-2014 01:24 am (UTC)

“The flat bottom is just sand and mush,” he said. “It’s pretty heavy. And once everyone gets in there, it just turns to mush.”

Riders said the steeply vertical pitch of the halfpipe has largely been corrected. But the bottom of the pipe is bouncy and slow. Dozens of riders clattered through the bottom, which slows speed and causes wrecks.
paai 13th-Feb-2014 01:28 am (UTC)
But still, the guy from Switzerland who landed the "yolo flip" and won the gold medal didn't seem to have a problem with it, so...maybe it just wasn't Shaun's day, you know?
nene718 13th-Feb-2014 01:26 am (UTC)
yeah but like he said himself all the boarders had to deal with the same conditions. the best in the world should be able to handle almost anything they throw at him.
xoxgoodbye 13th-Feb-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
IA. There were guys who were able to land on at least one of the runs. It clearly just wasn't Shaun's day.
xdecadentx 13th-Feb-2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
The guy who got the gold was so happy though.
__substitute__ 13th-Feb-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
they both got a gold medal i'd be fine with it??
ophiodeiros 13th-Feb-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
ikr, both tina and dominique looked thrilled with their results and either way - it's not like they were given chocolate coins to split them in half instead.
larrylurker 13th-Feb-2014 01:17 am (UTC)
What the fuck? There can be only one.
ophiodeiros 13th-Feb-2014 01:21 am (UTC)
And either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.
masterofmystery 13th-Feb-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
lmao this is not harry potter
jessicamore19 13th-Feb-2014 02:16 am (UTC)
petecarl 13th-Feb-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
claddaghemerald 13th-Feb-2014 11:47 am (UTC)
Ha ha, nice!
xoxgoodbye 13th-Feb-2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Doesn't count as sharing a prize, but my friend asked if we can have a joint birthday party when we turned 16. Yeah one of the worst birthdays ever. She was extremely bitchy, she refused to answer the door for guests, only brought chips and pop for the food, did not pay my parents back for her share for the cake, did not clean up, etc.

Edited at 2014-02-13 01:28 am (UTC)
glowing_dragon 13th-Feb-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
parcferme 13th-Feb-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
I had to share a room with my sister. It wouldn't have been an issue if we didn't have enough space, but there were two other bedrooms. Our parents used one as a guest room (we never had guests) and the other as storage for crap they refused to throw away.
~still bitter
foxtree 13th-Feb-2014 01:39 am (UTC)
So do they play both anthems then?

I remember a cute story about Olympic BFFs from Japan I think who came in 2nd and 3rd respectively as their sport didn't allow ties so when they got home they had their medals split and fused.
dropthecrates 13th-Feb-2014 02:59 am (UTC)
aww that's cute
scaredsquee 13th-Feb-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
in my hs graduating class there was a shared valedictorian. they counted down to a few decimal points and they still were both tied. the one guy on fb now can't tell the difference between your/you're and it's really irritating.
addictedgal 13th-Feb-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, better than this debacle.
bluecassettes 13th-Feb-2014 02:22 am (UTC)
her canadian accent is so cute
shanny_w 13th-Feb-2014 03:41 am (UTC)
__papillon 13th-Feb-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
i wish they could do this in gymnastics too. well not in beijing because i don't want nastia to have another gold over shawn lol but in london.
joaniemaloney 13th-Feb-2014 02:11 am (UTC)

shanny_w 13th-Feb-2014 03:33 am (UTC)
that was awesome to watch live.... but god damn was it torture waiting for everyone else to be done.
alquilaunhombre 13th-Feb-2014 03:53 am (UTC)
this was so exciting, which anthem do they play?
rubie_dubidoux 13th-Feb-2014 04:44 am (UTC)
dubstep mash-up
prophecypro 13th-Feb-2014 05:18 am (UTC)
lol not akward at all. Do they both gold medals each then
funhouse 13th-Feb-2014 05:22 pm (UTC)

so it is gold-gold and just bronze? poor silver medal going to waste

are the medals not made appropriate to the sport? like do they have the sport logo on them?

or if they're just general sochi 2014 medals, then do they make more than they need?
bloolikejazz 13th-Feb-2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
i feel like if either of them was american, that one would implode. NO DRAWS.

I like Tina a lot, i followed her amazing season last year a bit so it was really lame how everyone was saying she lost it this year.
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