Saturday, February 15, 2014
Inevitably we all become a bit jaded to the idea that "anything is possible". Life kind of wears that out of you after awhile and while surprising things still happen, it takes something really incredible to make you believe again in the potential of "anything".
A tie for a gold medal at the Olympics. Not just any gold medal. The women's downhill.
Now I know my experience with skiing, racing and coaching makes this story speak to me in particular, but seriously, what are the odds?!?
Two women barreling downs a hill on two pieces of plastics, metal and wax, speeding around red and blue flags, with a million billion potentially different lines through each gate, and they cross the finish like with them same exact time. It is insane.
The skeptics like to point out that if the downhill was timed down to the 1000th of a second the tie wouldn't have happened. This article does a good job of pointing out why the FIS doesn't time down to the 1000th. Regardless of antique timing equipment- it happened. The same time on on a course where there is no way to duplicate results.
This is one of those stories that just reinforces my love of the Olympics. Anything can happen.