Former U.S. snowboarder Vic Wild has won gold for Russia Wednesday in the parallel giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games.
Wild rolled to victory in the final on Wednesday, overcoming a half-second deficit against Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini to win in front of a largely pro-Russian crowd.
Zan Kosir of Slovenia earned bronze in the event that is a mixture of snowboarding and Alpine skiing.
Wild’s triumph came minutes after his wife, Alena Zavarzina of Russia, grabbed bronze in the women’s event.
Wild grew up in White Salmon, Wash., but applied for Russian citizenship three years ago.
The 27-year-old joined the Russian men’s snowboarding program and his career took off. He was third in last year’s world championships and was easily the best rider at sun-splashed Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The three Canadian men entered in the competition were eliminated, including defending men’s gold medallist Jasey Jay Anderson.
Anderson, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., and Matt Morison of Burketon, Ont., made it through qualifying but were eliminated in the next round. The third Canadian in the men’s race, Michael Lambert of Toronto, failed to made it through qualifying.