Wild again for Russia, Dujmovits wins women's

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 22, 2014 6:44 AM

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - American-born Vic Wild won a second gold medal for Russia at the Sochi Games when he stormed to victory in the men's parallel slalom final on Saturday to become the first snowboarder to win two titles at a single Olympics.

Austrian Julia Dujmovits won the gold medal in the women's final on the event's Olympic debut but it was Wild's second gold for his adopted country after his giant slalom triumph on Wednesday that brought Extreme Park crowd to its feet.

Wild had looked down and out in the semi-finals but staged a remarkable second run comeback to reach the final, where he edged giant slalom bronze medalist Zan Kosir in a thriller.

Benjamin Karl of Austria took bronze.

The silver and bronze in the women's event went to Germany's Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober, the latter winning the "small" final despite riding with a badly injured arm.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; editing by Peter Rutherford)