US-born snowboarder clinches second gold medal for hosts Russia — this time in parallel slalom
Sochi: American-born Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won his second Winter Olympics gold medal in Sochi after triumphing in the parallel slalom.
Gold medallist Vic Wild celebrates after finishing first in the Parallel Slalom event on Saturday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Pic/Getty Images
The 27-year-old — who became a Russian citizen two years ago and topped the podium in the parallel giant slalom final earlier this week, minutes after seeing his wife Alena Zavarzina win bronze in the women's event — earned gold after two tight victories on Saturday.
He first overcame eventual bronze medallist Benjamin Karl, who beat Aaron March in the small final, by a narrow margin in the last-four stage and then edged out training partner Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the showpiece event.
World champion Rok Marguc and World Cup leader Sylvain Dufour were both pre-event favourites but they failed to make it past the heat stages.
Gold for Dujmovits
Meanwhile, in the women's event, Austrian Julia Dujmovits sealed gold after squeezing past Anke Karstens in the final on Saturday.
Karstens' fellow German Amelie Kober triumphed in the small final against Italian Corinna Boccacini to emerge with the bronze.