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Canada and Germany share gold medal for two-man bobsleigh

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There was a pretty spectacular battle in the two-man bobsleigh final at the Winter Olympics on Monday between Canada and Germany.

In what was one of the closest sliding races in Olympics history, both teams deserved the gold... and both got it at the end!

When Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz crossed the finish line in the two-man bobsleigh final on Monday, they just knew they had secured gold.

But at first, there was little confusion.

The problem was, Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis had also achieved the exact same time of 3:16.86 after four runs - prompting a dead heat and the golds to be shared.

Kripps and Kopacz were the last to go down the track at the Olympic Sliding Centre and saw a ‘1’ next to their names on the leaderboard when crossing the finish line.

Both teams were ecstatic. Knowing that it had been a tie, the excited Friedrich and Margis had rushed over to Kripps and Kopacz to celebrate as they finished their final run.

But unaware they had finished with the same time as their German rivals they didn't fully appreciate why Freidrich and Margis were celebrating so wildly.

Bobsleigh - Winter Olympics Day 10

"I was just so excited and everyone started mobbing into the track," Justin Kripps explained, as per The Metro.

"And I saw the Germans, and they were super excited, too, and I was like, “that’s nice, they’re really excited we won the gold.”’

With everyone rushing into the track, Kripps soon realised the two nations were involved in a dead heat – something that hadn’t happened at the Winter Games for 20 years.

Bobsleigh - Winter Olympics Day 10

In 1998 in Nagano, by coincidence, Canada were involved again, when Pierre Lueders and Dave MacEachern tied with Italians Antonio Tartaglia and Günther Huber to share the gold.

So, with the timing only recording to the 100th of a second, Canada had to share the top step at the podium with Germany, while Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga took the bronze with 3:16.91.

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