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article imageRussia goes Wild over giant slalom gold

    Feb 19, 2014 in Sports

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's Vic Wild won the Olympic men's snowboard parallel giant slalom gold medal on Wednesday just minutes after his wife Alena Zavarzina had won bronze behind Swiss champion Patrizia Kummer in the women's event.

Kummer beat Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi to win the women's final but a partisan crowd were fixed on medal success for the host nation and after Zavarzina delivered one, American-born Wild beat Swiss Nevin Galmarini in the men's final.

Galmarini took silver with the bronze going to Zan Kosir of Slovenia after he recorded a convincing victory over German Patrick Bussler in the small final.

Wild, who changed allegiance to Russia in 2011 after marrying Zavarzina, trailed Galmarini after the first run of the final but edged ahead in the second and claim a famous victory when the Swiss slipped.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

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