Wild Won (Again): American-born Vic Wild takes parallel slalom to earn his 2nd gold for Russia

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Russia's Vic Wild celebrates his gold medal in the men's snowboard parallel slalom final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — American-born snowboarder Vic Wild has completed a historic sweep of the Olympic snowboard parallel slalom events and given his adopted country of Russia a boost in the race to top the medals table in Sochi.

Wild edged Zan Kosir of Slovenia by 0.11 seconds in Saturday's final of parallel slalom to win his second gold medal of the games.

The win capped a remarkable four days for the native of White Salmon, Wash., who is married to Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina and earlier won gold in parallel giant slalom.

Wild narrowly escaped the semifinals in Saturday's parallel slalom before keeping Kosir at bay in the final.

Julia Dujmovits of Austria won gold in the women's race. Anke Karstens of Germany won silver with teammate Amelie Kober taking bronze.

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