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Olympic gold awarded to two downhill skiers first time in Olympics history

February 12, 2014, 15:59 UTC+3 SOCHI

Slovenian Maze, Swiss Gisin have shared the Olympic gold in women’s downhill

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SOCHI, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Slovenian Maze, Swiss Gisin have shared the Olympic gold in women’s downhill.

The gold Olympic medal has been awarded to two downhill skiers on Wednesday for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin raced the downhill track at Rosa Khutor Alpine Skiing center, both clocking 1 minute 41.57 seconds, which was the best result which earned both gold medals.

Earlier, the Olympics downhill giant slalom had brought two silver medals to Christine Goitschel of France and US Jean Soubert in Innsbruck in1964; in 1992 two Olympic silver medals were awarded in giant slalom to Diann Roffe of the United States and Anita Wachter of Austria in Albertville: in 1998 the two silver medalists were Didier Cuche of Switzerland and Hans Knauss of Austria at the Nagano Olympics.

Gisin's gold medal was the first top award in women's downhill which Switzerland has won after the triumph of Michela Figini at the 1984 Olympics.

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