Three Ski Cross Crashes Lead To Amazing Three-Way Photo Finish

02/20/2014 11:56 am ET

Debates over the relative efficacy of head-first and feet-first sliding are generally reserved for baseball but men's ski cross showed the discussion can possibly be applied elsewhere after three nearly simultaneous wipeouts resulted in an incredible photo finish.

In the first heat of the quarterfinals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday, Swedens' Victor Oehling Norberg, Russia's Igor Korotkov and Finland's Jouni Pellinen couldn't land cleanly after the final jump on the course.

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Amid the wreckage, Switzerland's Armin Niederer managed to keep his skis beneath him and cross the finish line first.

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Korotkov would join Niederer in the semifinals by sliding across the finish line ahead of Norberg and Pellinen.

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