A look at timing for Winter Olympic sports

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — When Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin were both timed in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds in the women's downhill at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, each was awarded a gold medal.

It's the only first-place tie in Alpine skiing, which became an Olympic sport in 1936, and has timed events out to hundredths of a second since 1964. Some other Winter Games sports go to thousandths of a second.

"I'd love to see (Alpine) go to the thousandth. ... I'd love to know. Me and everybody else. We'd all love to know. If it's gauge-able, let us have it," Picabo Street, an American who won Alpine Olympic gold and silver in the 1990s, said Wednesday. "If you've got it, give it to me. They give it to me in speedskating. Why not here? Because we're going 80 mph and coming 3,000 feet down the mountain? Give it to me. Give me that thousandth. I want it. I bet Maze wants it, too."

Here is a look at how timing works elsewhere at the Sochi Olympics:

SPEEDSKATING: Times are taken to thousandths of a second if needed to break ties. Various systems are used to determine times, including lasers at the line and transponders worn by skaters, so the result sometimes adjusts slightly after a heat finishes.

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