Jasey-Jay Anderson can't defend Olympic title in men's snowboard GS
Russia's Wild wins gold
Defending Olympic champion Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mont-Tremblant, Que., failed to advance past the round of 16 in the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom on Wednesday in Sochi.
American-born Russian Vic Wild powered down the hill in the final to win gold. Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland fell to Wild in the final matchup to take silver, and Zan Kosir of Slovenia captured the bronze medal.
Wild's wife Alena Zavarzina of Russia captured bronze in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom event.
Anderson, the reigning Olympic champion, looked strong in qualifications but finished 0.47 seconds behind his opponent in the round of 16.
"I was prepared for everything and I am happy with how I rode," Anderson said. "I am in the best shape of the last four years. I retired in 2010 so this is all a bonus. It's another run and a way to stay in shape."
Matt Morison of Burketown, Ont., was ousted in the same round, finishing 0.30 seconds back in his matchup.
Michael Lambert of Toronto, who finished 12th at the Olympics in Vancouver, finished 27th in the qualifying round and did not advance.
Anderson, 38, has now competed at five Olympic Games and he wouldn't rule out making a return for 2018.