Women's Downhill Ends in Historic Gold-Medal Tie

For the first time, an Alpine skiing event at the Olympics has ended in a tie. On Wednesday, Dominique Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia both made it through Sochi's women's downhill course in exactly 1 minute and 41.57 seconds. Adding to the historic moment: Maze is the first Slovenian to win a gold medal at a winter Olympics.

"I have been dreaming about this since I was little," Maze said after the race, according to the New York Times.

"It's a great feeling because Dominique and I are pretty good friends," Maze added later. "We have the same mentality. It's good to see her winning gold, too. I am very happy for her."

Gisin, a journeywoman skier who suffered a concussion in the same event in the Vancouver Games, barely qualified for the race. "Now that I have won, I am living the dream, but this is better than dreaming," she said.

Lara Gut of Switzerland won bronze, with a time one tenth of a second slower than Gisin and Mize's.

American Julia Manusco, who finished eighth, called the tie "crazy."

"I'm really happy for both those girls," Mancuso said. "It's an amazing show."

[Image via AP]