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Olympic Medal: Men's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom

Feb. 19, 2014 at 6:53 AM   |   Comments

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Vic Wild, born in the United States and now a citizen of Russia, won the Olympic gold medal Wednesday in snowbording's parallel giant slalom.

Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland had a half-second lead after the first of two runs in the finals but made an early mistake in the second round and quickly fell behind.

Wild became a Russian citizen after his marriage in 2011 to snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, who moments before Wild won his race had captured a bronze medal in the women's event.

The bronze medal in the men's parallel giant slalom race went to Zan Kosir of Slovenia.

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