Upon further review, the two-man bobsled race at the Pyeongchang Olympics was even closer than first thought.

Not only did it give a tie for gold between Germany and Canada _ more on that in a moment _ but it also was the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race ever.

Canada's Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz shared the two-man gold with the German duo of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. Each of them finished in 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds. Latvia got bronze, with Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga finishing 0.05 seconds back _ which means over 3.42 miles of ice (the combined distance of the four runs) they were beaten by about a yard.

"It's actually surprising," Kripps said. "This track is really technical. All the training times were close so we thought maybe the racing times would be close too, but I would've thought that there would be some separation in the track because there's some really technical sections."

(Germany's Thorsten Margis takes a celebratory selfie after his team and Canada tied for gold in two-man bobsled.)

So for those three sleds, the two-man race was epic.

For the fourth sled, maybe not so much. History says they should have medaled.

Nico Walther and Christian Poser of Germany finished 0.20 seconds back of the lead and somehow didn't medal, getting only fourth. No individual athlete or team has even been that close to the winner in an Olympic sliding race and not medaled, no matter if the sport is bobsled, skeleton or luge.

(Germany and Canada celebrate shared gold.)

There have been three other ties for best time in a sliding race in Olympic history: the two-man bobsled race in 1998 (Canada and Italy shared gold), the doubles luge race in 1972 (Italy and East Germany shared gold), and two-man bobsled race in 1968 (Italy got the gold over West Germany in a fastest-heat tiebreaker).

But Pyeongchang has already seen its share of wild finishes.




The women's skeleton race that ended Saturday night had five sliders within 0.23 seconds of the lead going into the final heat. That had never happened in a four-run race in Olympic history _ and yet the two-man then went even closer, with five sleds within 0.13 seconds going into the fourth run.

And while the closest 1-2-3-4 finish in Olympic history is that two-man bobsled race at these games, the closest 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 finish in Olympic history also took place in Pyeongchang. The top nine sleds in men's luge were separated by 0.431 seconds.

Of course, there also was an epic blowout at these games. Lest we forget Yun Sungbin winning for South Korea in men's skeleton by 1.63 seconds, the largest Olympic sliding margin of victory in 46 years.

Go figure.