Vic Wild

Vic Wild
Vic Wild 24 February 2014 (cropped).jpeg
Wild in 2018
Personal information
Full nameVictor Ivan Wild
Citizenship Russia
BornWhite Salmon, Washington, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Sport
Country Russia
SportSnowboarding

Victor Ivan "Vic" Wild (Russian: Виктор Айван Уайлд; born August 23, 1986) is an American-born Russian snowboarder.

Career

Wild won a bronze medal in the parallel giant slalom at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships[1] and gold medals in the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which made him the first snowboarder ever to win two medals at the same Winter Games.[2] At the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, he won a bronze medal in parallel giant.

Wild originally competed for the United States, but after the 2010 Winter Olympics, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association shut down its alpine snowboarding program. According to a 2014 story by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Wild had been viewed by US snowboarding officials "as an enfant terrible, someone who didn't understand alpine's place in the [USA] snowboarding power structure. Halfpipe is king, with slopestyle creeping up in importance, and snowboardcross racing third."[2] One of Wild's former coaches indicated that before its closure, the alpine snowboarding program had a budget of $135,000, a fraction of the funding needed for an internationally competitive team.[2] This is mainly caused by the fact that the United States remains the only country in the world not to fund its Olympic Committee, that is why available funding is limited.[3]

Instead of ending his career, Wild opted to leave the country; when he married Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011, Wild applied for Russian citizenship.[2] After winning gold for Russia at the Sochi Olympics, Wild commented, "Russia is a country that made it possible for me to win."[4]

Wild received the Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award 4th class, with Russian President Vladimir Putin distributing the state awards.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ "Isabella Laboeck and Benjamin Karl clinch Parallel Giant Slalom World Championships title". FIS. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ a b c d Passan, Jeff (February 22, 2014). "How an American snowboarder helped Russia win the Sochi Games' medal table". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Bachman, Rachel (12 April 2020). "WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Olympic Sports Groups Seek Government Aid". Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Profile Archived February 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, sovsport.md; accessed February 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Russia's Olympic athletes receive state awards". Itar-Tass. February 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Russia operated 'state-sponsored doping programme'". BBC News.

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