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In addition to being the runaway winner for best name in Sochi, Russia's Vic Wild became the first-ever snowboarder to win two gold medals at the same Olympics Saturday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Wild's trip to the 2014 Winter Games was already golden after his first-place finish in parallel giant slalom Wednesday, and now he can add gold in the parallel slalom to his tour diary as well.
It did not come easy, though.
Wild ended his first run of the semifinals trailing Austria's Benjamin Karl by 1.12 seconds. In the second run, however, he beat Karl to the finish line, knocking the four-time world champion out of competition and advancing to the final.
Wild had never defeated Karl prior to Saturday's race.
"I thought this would be a great place to beat him for the first time," he told The Associated Press, via Fox Sports. "It's one of the best experiences I ever had on the snowboard."
In the final, the native of White Salmon, Wash., bested Slovenia's Zan Kosir by .11 seconds.
The victory not only gave Wild two golds, but it also validated his 2011 decision to leave the United States and become a Russian citizen after marrying fellow snowboarder Alena Zavarzina.