Vic Wild Wins Parallel Slalom to Complete Sweep

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
February 22, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

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 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, grabbed bronze in PGS, earned Slovenia’s second snowboarding medal of the games.

Karl Benjamin of Austria won bronze.

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