In the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Canada and Italy made history when they tied for the gold medal in the two-man bobsleigh event. As of this week, Canada has matched that historic event, by once again winning gold, and sharing the top podium with Germany.
Going into the fourth run on Monday, Canada was leading the event by just 0.06 of a second. With the final run of the day and needing a near-perfect run Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz finished with a 3:16.86 time to tie team Germany for gold.
“I managed to actually see the clock that said No. 1 … just so excited and everybody started mobbing into the track,” said bobsleigh pilot Kripps. “I saw the Germans and they were super excited, too. I was like, ‘Man, that’s nice. They’re really excited that we won.’ We’re all good friends.”
“What are the odds?” asked Kopacz.
Obviously, the odds are pretty good if you are Canadian, as this marks the second tie in the event in twenty years. In fact, Canada has never won gold in the event without sharing the podium.