Skiers Maze, Gisin Tie for Gold in Women's Olympic Downhill

Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin have become the first alpine skiers in Olympic history to tie for a gold medal. They each completed the women's downhill Wednesday in one minute and 41.57 seconds.

Switzerland's Lara Gut nearly joined the two women, finishing just one-tenth of a second behind. There have been three ties for silver medals in skiing, the last coming in 1998. Also on Wednesday, American speed skater Shani Davis is trying to win his third-straight gold medal in the men's 1,000 meters.

Womens downhill gold medal winners Switzerlands Dominique Gisin (left) and Slovenias Tina Maze stand together on the podium during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2014. /AP Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin (left) and Slovenia's Tina Maze stand together on the podium during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2014. /AP

In snowboarding, medals will be awarded in the women's halfpipe. Australian Torah Bright and Americans Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark are all competing, after winning the gold, silver and bronze in the event at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Pairs figure skaters try to grab a spot on the podium as they perform their free skate. After Tuesday's short program, two teams from Russia and one from Germany held the top three spots.

Medals will also be awarded in the doubles luge, and in the nordic combined, which involves both ski jumping and cross country skiing.

Norway, Canada and Germany are now tied for the most gold medals with four. Norway leads Canada in the overall medal count, 11-9, followed by the Netherlands with eight and the United States with seven.

VOA News / Feb. 13, 2014 07:43 KST