Russia’s Wild wins second gold snowboarding medal

  • Associated Press
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014 4:31pm
  • SportsSports

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Vic Wild captured his second gold medal in four days when he won the Olympic debut of men’s parallel slalom snowboarding.

The American-born Wild, who lived in White Salmon but now competes for Russia after marrying Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, edged Zan Kosir of Slovenia by .11 of a second. Wild won the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday. Kosir, who grabbed bronze in PGS, earned Slovenia’s second snowboarding medal of the games.

Benjamin Karl of Austria won bronze.

Karl appeared to have a spot in the finals locked up when Wild faltered during their first semifinal run. Wild trailed Karl by 1.12 seconds in the second heat but somehow made up the difference to win by inches.

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