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Men's Parallel Giant Slalom

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana; Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 19, 2014

Gold: RUS Vic Wild
Silver: SUI Nevin Galmarini
Bronze: SLO Žan Košir

Summary

An American won the gold medal in the parallel giant slalom, but he won it for Russia. Vic Wild grew up in Washington state and became a top Alpine snowboarder, but the Alpine snowboard events were not supported by the US ski federation, which left Wild fighting for funds to continue training. In 2010 Wild had met Russian snowboarder Alyona Zavarzina, and they married in 2011. With the marriage Wild was able to apply for Russian citizenship and their federation was more than willing to support a medal contender, so Wild began competing for Russia in 2012.

The final came down to Wild against Swiss rider Nevin Galmarini. Galmarini won the first run but Wild’s margin on the second run gave him the gold medal, only a few minutes after his wife, Zavarzina, won a bronze medal in the women’s parallel giant slalom. Slovenian Žan Košir won the bronze medal race, defeating German Patrick Büssler. Many of the favorites crashed out early. The last three gold medals had been won by Philipp Schoch (SUI) in 2002-06 and Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) in 2010 but they both went out in the 1/8th-finals. Two Austrian favorites also struggled as 2013 World Champion Benjamin Karl went out in the quarters, and 2013/14 World Cup leader Lukas Mathies did not make it past qualifying.

Wild thanked the Russian team for their support, noting that he did not speak Russian, and that many of his teammates helped him, stating, “I don't think many of them like me, but I really appreciate it.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vic Wild 27 Russia RUS Gold
2 Nevin Galmarini 27 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Žan Košir 29 Slovenia SLO Bronze
4 Patrick Bussler 29 Germany GER
5 Rok Marguč 27 Slovenia SLO
6 Rok Flander 34 Slovenia SLO
7 Simon Schoch 35 Switzerland SUI
8 Andreas Prommegger 33 Austria AUT
9 Andrey Sobolev 24 Russia RUS
10 Benjamin Karl 28 Austria AUT
11 Kaspar Flütsch 27 Switzerland SUI
12 Philipp Schoch 34 Switzerland SUI
13 Alexander Bergmann 26 Germany GER
14 Jasey-Jay Anderson 38 Canada CAN
15 Matthew Morison 26 Canada CAN
16 Sylvain Dufour 31 France FRA
17 Kim Sang-Gyeom 25 South Korea KOR
18 Roland Fischnaller 33 Italy ITA
19 Valery Kolegov 18 Russia RUS
20 Stefan Baumeister 20 Germany GER
21 Izidor Šušteršič 36 Slovenia SLO
22 Anton Unterkofler 30 Austria AUT
23 Iosyp Peniak 29 Ukraine UKR
24 Justin Reiter 33 United States USA
25 Radoslav Yankov 24 Bulgaria BUL
26 Shin Bong-Shik 21 South Korea KOR
27 Michael Lambert 27 Canada CAN
28 Christoph Mick 25 Italy ITA
29 Stanislav Detkov 33 Russia RUS
30 Aaron March 27 Italy ITA
AC Meinhard Erlacher 31 Italy ITA DQ
AC Lukas Mathies 22 Austria AUT DQ