Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada and Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany all took gold in the men's two-man bobsled final on Monday, NBC reports.
The two teams ended their four slides with an identical time of 3:16.86 (that's three minutes, 16 seconds, and 86 hundredths of a second). That left Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga of Latvia, who finished in 3:16.91, with the bronze.
NBC notes the it was an incredibly close race going into the final run and that only .13 seconds separated the top five teams competing. Specifically, Friedrich and Margis were ahead of Kripps and Kopacz .05 seconds at that time.
Per Sports Illustrated, this isn't the first time a tie like this has happened. In the 1998 Winter Olympics, Canada and Italy tied for gold in the same competition, while the German team was awarded bronze. That was actually the last time the Canadian team won a gold medal in bobsledding before yesterday.
"I didn't know it was a tie at first," Kripps told NBC after the medal ceremony:
I crossed it and I saw the '1' and I was celebrating. Then I saw Friedrich and Thorsten super-excited as well. I was like, 'Man, these guys are really excited for me!' And then I realized we tied. And I couldn't be more proud. Friedrich is one of the best of all time.
Mazels all around!!
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