Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin shared the gold medal Wednesday in the women's downhill at the Sochi Games after posting identical winning times, an historic first for an Olympic alpine ski race.

The 30-year-old Maze, who also made history by winning her country's first gold medal in a Winter Olympics, and the 28-year-old Gisin both completed the demanding 2,713-meter (8,895-foot) Rosa Khutor course in a time of 1:41.57.

Another Swiss skier, Lara Gut, claimed the bronze with a time of 1:41.67.

Swiss skiers dominated the event, with Fabienne Suter also finishing among the top five, just behind Italy's Daniela Merighetti.

"It's an honor for me to share the Olympic gold with Tina Maze," Gisin said afterward.

American Lindsay Vonn won the women's downhill at the previous Olympic Games in Vancouver, but she announced last month that she would not compete in Sochi due to a knee injury.

Later Wednesday, Eric Frenzel won gold for Germany in the Nordic combined individual normal hill event, which combines ski jumping with a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) cross-country ski race.

He finished with a 12th-best time of 23:50.2 in the cross-country portion of the competition, but that was good enough for gold due to his 1st-place finish in the ski-jumping section.

Japan's Akito Watabe took silver with a finish time of 23:54.4, while Norway's Magnus Krog grabbed the bronze. EFE