Vic Wild wins 2nd snowboard gold
Russian adds parallel slalom title to GS crown
Russia's Vic Wild won the men's snowboard parallel slalom event on Saturday, becoming the only snowboarder to win two gold medals at a single Winter Games.
"This right here, two golds, this puts him in a whole different stratosphere," said Wild's brother, Mike. "He'll go down in history. This is what it's all about."
The American-born rider, who is married to Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, also won the parallel giant slalom event earlier this week.
Zavarzina was the bronze medallist in the women's PGS.
Zan Kosir of Slovenia took the men's slalom silver after losing the final matchup against Wild by 0.11 of a second, while Austria's Benjamin Karl won the bronze race after his opponent, Italy's Aaron March, stumbled in their matchup.
The women's gold went to Julia Dujmovits of Austria, who rallied in the second run to defeat silver medallist Anke Karstens of Germany in the final.
Germany's Amelie Kober got the bronze by beating Itay's Corinna Boccacini in the third-place match.
Tough days for Canadians
All Canadians were eliminated after Jasey Jay Anderson and Michael Lambert failed to get past the men's round of 16.
Anderson, the 38-year-old snowboarding veteran who was competing in his fifth Olympic Games, lost both runs in his matchup against Slovenian Zan Kosir.
Also booted in the round of 16 was Lambert, who dropped both his runs to eventual champion Wild.
The other Canadian in the men's event, Matthew Morison, couldn't get past the qualifying round.
On the women's side, it was a day to forget for the three Canadian hopefuls, none of whom got past qualifying.
Ariane Lavigne, from Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts, Que., put up a total time of 1:05:60 for her two runs, and it appeared as though she would advance until the final racers bumped her out of the top 16. Her time was only six hundredths of a second off the final qualifying time.
Caroline Calvé of Hull, Que., posted a combined time of 1:06:15 to finish 26th, while teammate Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., finished at 1:06:26 for her two runs, placing her 27th out of the 32 racers.
The event, which was making its Olympic debut in Sochi, featured many of the same athletes who competed in the parallel giant slalom event on Wednesday.
Each rider gets two runs, one on the blue course and one on the identical red course. The times are added to determine who advances.
Starting with the round of 16, riders race head to head, with the best total time in each matchup advancing.