Wild joy as Vic wins snowboard giant slalom gold to double family medal haul
Russia’s snowboarder Vic Wild was euphoric after winning Olympic gold in the men's parallel giant slalom at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park… just minutes after his wife Alena Zavarzina took bronze in the women's event.
In the final, Wild, whose gold was Russia's first ever in snowboarding, finished ahead of Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini, while Slovenia's Zan Kosir claimed bronze.
Wild was half a second down to Galmarini before the second run of the final, but he blazed back to win by two seconds as his Swiss rival ran wide on the turns.
“It's incredible to have won a medal along with Alena,” said Wild. “If just one of us has success it's great,” said Wild.
“For both of us to have success on the same day is just incredible. I don't know how this happened, it's too good to be true.”
Zavzarina paid tribute to her American-born husband, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2012, a year after their marriage.
“Vic was right about having success when one gets success and the other does not, it's not really so great,” she said.
“I'm just very happy that we both did and I'm very happy Vic got gold because this is what he worked for…. He did an amazing job. He deserves it, I'm really happy and I'm going to cry now.”
Defending champion Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada – competing at his sixth Winter Games failed to make the quarter-finals and finished 14th overall, two places behind Switzerland’s Philipp Schoch, won gold at the previous two editions in in 2002 and 2006.
Vancouver silver medallist Benjamin Karl of Austria was another big name to finish down the rankings, finishing in tenth place.