Roundup: Historic sweep for Wild, Russia in parallel slalom events

Snowboarder Vic Wild celebrated his win in the snowboard men's parallel slalom on Saturday.
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Snowboarder Vic Wild celebrated his win in the snowboard men's parallel slalom on Saturday.

American-born snowboarder Vic Wild completed a historic sweep of the Olympic snowboard parallel slalom events and gave his adopted country of Russia a boost 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.

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 slalomWild narrowly escaped the semifinals before keeping Kosir at bay in the final.

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


Team pursuit — The Netherlands capped its dominant performance with two more gold medals, bringing the nation’s haul to a staggering eight golds and 23 medals overall.

The Dutch men cruised through the semifinals and finals, pulling away from South Korea in an Olympic record time of 3 minutes, 37.71 seconds. Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, and Koen Verweij raised their clasped hands in triumph, taking the country’s first gold ever in pursuit.

The women blew away Poland with their third Olympic record time in three races. Ireen Wust, Jorien ter Mors, and Marrit Leenstra were like a runaway train, winning by more than seven seconds in 2:58.05. Wust became the first athlete at these Winter Games with five medals — two golds and three silvers.

Cross-country skiing


Women’s 30-kilometers — Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated female Winter Olympian in history by leading a Norwegian sweep. It was her third gold of these Olympics and 10th medal overall — putting her ahead of Russian cross-country skier Lyubov Egorova, who had six golds and three silvers. Therese Johaug was second and Kristin Stoermer Steira finished third.


Men’s 4 x 7.5-kilometer relay — Russia’s anchor Anton Shipulin beat Germany’s Simon Schempp on the final lap to give the host nation its first biathlon gold of the Games. Germany and Austria took the silver and bronze, respectively.


Four-man — Russian Alexander Zubkov has a narrow lead over Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis, defending gold medalist Steven Holcomb in USA-1, and Germany’s Maximilian Arndt after two runs. The finale is Sunday.