(KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia) — American-born Vic Wild rallied to victory in the men’s parallel slalom on Saturday to earn his second gold medal for Russia.
The 27-year-old from White Salmon, Wash., stunned Austria’s Benjamin Karl in the semifinal before beating out Zan Kosir by .11 seconds. Karl earned the silver medal while Kosir took the bronze.
Wild’s success in the 2014 Winter Olympics helped validate his decision three years ago to marry Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina and move to Moscow.
“I continued snowboarding because I thought I could do something special,” he said. “I thought I had never reached my potential (in the U.S.) and I wanted to see how good I could get. That’s why I’m a Russian.”
Wild was also victorious in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN