Ties for Medals at the Winter Olympics

Ties at the Winter Olympics – how often have they happened? Tina Maze (SLO) and Dominique Gisin (SUI) tied for first this morning in the Alpine women’s downhill.

This is the 8th time at the Winter Olympics that 2 gold medals will have been awarded – note the phrasing as one of them was not a tie. The previous 7 times this has occurred were as follows:




1928,Speedskating,Men,500 metres

1956,Speedskating,Men,1500 metres

1960,Speedskating,Men,1500 metres



2002,Cross-Country Skiing,Men,Pursuit

2002,Figure Skating,Mixed,Pairs



As is well known, the 2002 pairs figure skating was not exactly a tie, but a second gold medal was awarded after the controversial original finish when Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were ranked second behind the Russian pair of Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze.

There have been 25 previous ties for a medal at the Winter Olympics – 7 for gold, 11 for silver, and 7 for bronze. In 1968, three American female speed skaters had a three-way tie for the silver medal in the 500 metres.

At the Summer Olympics, a tie for first, or two or more gold medals awarded, has occurred 26 times. One of those was also controversial – the 1992 women’s solo synchronized swimming where American Kristen Babb-Sprague was initially ruled the champion, but a judging error caused officials to elevate Canadian Sylvie Fréchette to equal first with Babb-Sprague.

This morning’s Alpine skiing downhill tie is the first time this has ever happened in that sport. However, it is the 5th tie for a medal in Olympic Alpine skiing history:



Year,Gender,Event,Tied Place

1948,Men,Downhill,Tie for third

1964,Women,Giant Slalom,Tie for second

1992,Women,Giant Slalom,Tie for second

1998,Men,Super G,Tie for second



9 thoughts on “Ties for Medals at the Winter Olympics”

  1. I’m not too sure, but I think that there should be 28 gold medal ties in the Summer Olympics instead of 26 as of 2014, when this article is posted.
    * 28 doesn’t include the Simone Manuel / Penny Oleksiak tie which occurred in Rio 2016 since this article’s posted in 2014, would be 29 if the article’s written after Rio 2016.

    Is it that the 1912’s Athletics men’s pentathlon and men’s decathlon gold medal ties wasn’t included in the total? It isn’t technically a tie since Jim Thorpe, who got gold in both events, was stripped of his medal in 1913 but reinstated in 1982 (almost 70 years later!). However, the IOC continues to list both Jim and the 2nd winner as co-champions in both events, so it would still be considered a ‘tie’.

    So, would it be correct to say that there’s 28 gold medal ties as of 2014?

    Reply would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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