The final of the Alpine skiing women's downhill ranks as one of the most fascinating events of Sochi so far. In an Olympic skiing first, Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland posted the exact same time, 1:41.57, to earn both a gold medal. As reported by Yahoo's own Charles Robinson, it was all the more shocking because both skiers had been involved in ties before. On top of all that, Gisin had only earned her spot in the four-woman Swiss downhill team a few days prior during a training run.
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It was a truly shocking result. As more skiers completed their runs and it became clearer that the two skiers would finish in a tie, cameras caught Gisin crying on the phone. Her emotional reaction communicated the importance of the moment as well as anything. Check out the photo below (via @OllieW) or watch the video available at NBCOlympics.com.
But who was Gisin speaking to when she started to cry? While initial reports said that she was speaking to her mother, Gisin told NBC that she was handed the phone to talk to her grandmother and grandfather.
The emotional moment only added to what looks like one of the most remarkable and surprising finishes of the Sochi Games. Maze and Gisin figure to remain in the minds of winter sports fans for a long time.
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