The history of split gold medals in Winter Olympics events

Danny Lee
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Maze, Gisin win gold in women's Olympic downhill
Women's downhill gold medalists Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze, right, hold hands during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland raced to a gold medal tie in the women’s downhill on Wednesday, marking the first time Olympic gold was rewarded to two skiers in an Alpine skiing event.

To put the feat in perspective, it was only the eighth time in Winter Games history when two gold medals were handed out for one event, according to

[Related: Double gold is the first in Alpine history]

Here are the instances when a gold medal was awarded to more than one athlete/team:

1928: Speedskating (Men’s 500 meters) — Clas Thunberg (Finland) and Bernt Evensen (Norway)

1956: Speedskating (Men’s 1,500 meters) — Yevgeny Grishin (Soviet Union) and Yuri Mikhaylov (Soviet Union)

1960: Speedskating (Men’s 1,500 meters) — Roald Aas (Norway) and Yevgeny Grishin (Soviet Union)

1972: Luge (Men’s doubles) — Paul Hildgartner/Walter Plaikner (Italy) and Horst Hornlein/Reinhard Bredlow (East Germany)

1998: Bobsledding (Men’s two-man) — Gunther Huber/Antonio Tartaglia (Italy) and Pierre Lueders/David MacEachern (Canada)

2002: Cross-country skiing (Men’s pursuit) — Frode Estil (Norway) and Thomas Alsgaard (Norway)

2002: Figure skating (Pair skating) — Elena Berezhnaya/Anton Sikharulidze (Russia) and Jamie Sale/David Pelletier (Canada)

2014: Alpine skiing (Women’s downhill) — Tina Maze (Slovenia) and Dominique Gisin (Switzerland)

[Related: Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze have a history of ties]

It’s worth noting that the split gold medal in the 2002 figure skating pairs event was the result not of a deadlock but of a judging scandal that led to the Canadian pair getting the second set of gold medals.

Before Wednesday's women's downhill race, there were four previous times when an Olympic medal was shared between two athletes in an Alpine event. One led to a split bronze medal, while three others resulted in a shared silver:

1948: Men’s downhill (Bronze) — Rolf Olinger (Switzerland) and Karl Molitor (Switzerland)

1964: Women’s giant slalom (Silver) — Christine Goitschel (France) and Jean Saubert (United States)

1992: Women’s giant slalom (Silver) — Anita Wachter (Austria) and Diann Roffe (United States)

1998: Men’s super-G (Silver) — Didier Cuche (Switzerland) and Hans Knauss (Austria)

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