While the French might have taken all the glory in the Olympics ski cross finals, the semifinals are getting attention for its photo finish.
Looking at the finish from an angle parallel to the finish line you’d wonder what Switzerland’s Armin Niederer did to leave his three competitors crossing on their stomachs in his wake.There was a problem with the blakbirdpie shortcode
Watch the finish in this GIF from Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Here’s what really went down though: in Thursday’s first quarterfinal, when Sweden’s Victor Oehling Norberg was comfortably in the lead approaching the finish, he lost an edge and wiped out. His fall caused Russia’s Egor Korotkov and Finland’s Jouni Pellinen to follow suit and tumble.
Niederer somehow skied off to the side, remaining upright over the line. The photo finish for second involved three skiers, none of them upright.
The French swept up all the medals in the finals — all upright mind you. Such a sweep hasn’t been done by France in the Olympics since the 1924 Summer Games in Paris.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.