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Winter Olympics: Canada, Germany share gold in thrilling two-man bobsleigh

Winter Olympics: Canada, Germany share gold in thrilling two-man bobsleigh

So why were Germany's Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis celebrating so wildly?

Local Summerland bobsledder Justin Kripps is within sight of an Olympic medal.

Canada's Alex Kopacz and Justin Kripps celebrate their joint gold medal in two-man bobsleigh with Germany's Thorsten Margis and Francesco Friedrich on February 19.

Over the course of four runs, each team's times were both exactly the same - down to the hundredth of a second: 3:16.86. That means they'll share the gold medal, while Latvia's Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga get the bronze, finishing just 0.05 seconds behind them.

It was the third time the top two sleds have finished tied in an Olympic two-man race.

That was also the last time Canada won gold in this discipline, sharing the title with Italy's Gunther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia.

Kripps's surprising two-man result in Sochi prompted Canadian officials to shuffle the setup for the four and give him some of the program's better pushers - a last-minute switch that left a number of teammates, including Spring, bewildered.

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The Canadian sled lead by just one hundredth of a second approaching the final two hairpin bends, but the event finished a dead heat as their combined time of 3.16.86 matched that of their German rivals. The German pair of Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber finished in fifth.

And the sliders racing for the USA didn't exactly have the same level of success on the opening night of bobsledding at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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Mulder, whose twin brother Michel won gold at the last Olympics but failed to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games, was the highest-placed of the three Dutch skaters in seventh. It is the third Olympic medal ever in this event for Canada - and the second gold. Chinese Gao Tingyu took the bronze medal. Three years after a Dutch sweep in the event, none of their three skaters made it on the podium this time. "You just became Olympic champions". No surprise, since the Dutch have earned six of nine golds so far.

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Norway, once a powerhouse in the sport alongside the Netherlands, has struggled in recent decades and until Monday had not won a gold medal in speedskating at the Olympics since Adne Sondral's victory in the 1,500m in Nagano in 1998.