“It's great [sharing gold], it's two more people as happy as we are,” Kripps said after the race. “They are amazing competitors, we have been friends and rivals for years. Franceso laid down such an amazing run and Thorsten [Margis] has been pushing really well.”
What Happens in an Olympic Tie?
It depends where the tied opponents finish.
In the case of Friedrich and Kripps' teams, a tie for first place results in a shared gold medal. Both teams receive gold, and the team that finishes behind them receives a bronze medal. A silver medal is not awarded. This also happened during the women's downhill final at Sochi just four years ago.
If the tie occurs between athletes or teams who finish second, both receive a silver medal. No bronze medal is awarded in this situation. The first-place finisher receives a gold medal as per usual. This last happened during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when Sergey Novikov of Belarus and Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Noway tied for second in men's individual biathlon, as highlighted by the Huffington Post.