Canada and Germany Tie for Gold in Two-Man Bobsled

History repeats itself in interesting ways, as the Canada tied Germany for gold in Two-Man Bobsled. The German team of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis shared an exact time of 3:16.86 with the Canadian team of Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz. The last time there was tie in the same event also involved Canada, as the team of Pierre Lueders and Dave MacEachern tied the Italian team of Günther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia for gold at the 1998 Olympics.

With Canada initially taking a comfortable lead in the first two runs, the Germans stormed back in the final two runs, setting a track record of 48.96 during the third run. It was the second time the record had been broken in the same event, as the Latvian team of Oskars Melbārdis and Jānis Strenga also set a record back in the first round.

Extra Highlights

Canada and the United States will meet in the gold medal game for the third straight time in the Olympics. Both teams advanced past the semifinals with 5–0 victories against OAR and Finland respectively.

Norway’s Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen won gold in the Men’s 500 metres, beating out South Korea’s Cha Min-kyu by just a hundredth of a second for an Olympic record as well. It was Norway’s first gold in the 500 metres in 70 years.

In the day before, France’s Martin Fourcade won gold again in the Men’s Biathlon Mass Start. With four career gold medals, he becomes the most successful French athlete of all time.


Above Photo: Fist pumps all around as the Canadian bobsled led by driver Justin Kripps ties Germany for gold. (Alexander Hassenstein, Getty Images)

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