Winklevoss twins get another Olympic shot

Best known as the founders of onetime social network ConnectU, rowers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss will be headed to the semifinals of the men's pair event on Wednesday.

ConnectU founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss pulled through in a repechage (second-chance heat) on Monday on the Olympic rowing course in Beijing, where they're representing the United States in the men's pair event.

The identical twins, best-known in the tech world for being two-thirds of the Harvard-founded start-up that foisted an intellectual-property suit upon Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, had failed to immediately qualify for the semifinals in their Saturday heat. They'd placed fifth and needed a third-place finish to qualify. But the repechage offered another chance for them to earn a shot at the semifinals, which take place on Wednesday.

The Winklevoss twins proceeded to win their repechage, beating the second-place Croatian pair of Niksa and Sinisa Selin--who are also brothers, albeit not twins. The Croatian brothers medaled in both the 2000 Olympics in Sydney (in the men's eight) and in the 2004 Olympics in Athens (in the pair).

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