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Alpine Skiers Make Olympic History With Tie for Gold

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Mike Richman
Two women became the first Alpine skiers in Olympic history to tie for a gold medal during the fifth day of competition at the Sochi Games.

Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin finished the women's downhill in 1:41:57. Switzerland's Lara Gut, just one-tenth of a second behind, captured the bronze.

In the Nordic Combined individual normal hill, Germany's Eric Frenzel won the gold medal. He led comfortably after ski jumping and finished strong on the 10-kilometer cross-country course. Japan's Akito Watabe took the silver, and Norway's Magnus Krog earned bronze.

Stefan Groothuis of Netherlands won the Olympic men's 1,000 meter Olympic speed skating title in 1:08:39. Denny Morrison of Canada claimed silver and Ductchman Michel Mulder took bronze. 

American speed skater Shani Davis failed in his attempt for a third-straight gold medal, finishing eighth. The Dutch have won four of the five speed skating golds awarded at the Sochi Games.

Photo Gallery: Images from Sochi
  • Taiwanese speedskater Sung Ching-yang warms up prior to the start of the men's 1000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Charline Labonte of Canada bats the puck away during the women's ice hockey game against the United States at Shayba Arena, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Young girls play on a warm day in the Olympic Plaza, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A worker throws salt during the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Women sun themselves in 60-degree weather at the Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A man walks out of the Black Sea with the Olympic Park seen in the background, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Australia's Holly Crawford competes in the women's snowboard half pipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Krasnaya Polyana, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • United States' Arielle Gold is assisted after injuring her hand in a crash during the women's snowboard halfpipe warm-up, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • A man leads the Olympic mascots to the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined,  Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Visitors walk inside the GUM department store decorated with Olympic rings in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.

Medals will also be awarded in luge doubles, when two Austrian brothers seek their third straight Winter Games gold, and in women's halfpipe.

Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will try to become the first figure skaters to win two golds at the same Olympics when they compete in the pairs free program.

Also on the ice, the 12-team men's hockey tournament gets underway with Sweden facing the Czech Republic and Latvia versus Switzerland. 

The consensus favorites to win the women's gold medal, the United States and Canada, clashed in their final preliminary-round game with Canada taking a 3-2 win.

Podladtchikov Speechless

Meanwhile, Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov spoke to the media Wednesday, a day after pulling off one of the biggest shockers in Sochi.

In the men's halfpipe, Podladtchikov upset heavy favorite Shaun White, an American, to win the gold medal. White placed fourth in the event.

The Russian-born Podladtchikov, whose nickname is "I-POD," sounded incredulous about his victory.

"I have not really realized it yet that far," he said. "I can not really answer this question yet...I have been this kind of person all my life: I have to see it in order to believe it. I have not even seen my run yet. I have to see the medal, see what happened, see it again and again and then maybe I will be able to answer this question properly."

Norway leads in the overall medal count with 12, followed by Canada and the Netherlands with 10 The U.S. and Russia have seven each. Canada and Norway are tied for the most gold medals with four.

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