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Austria's Benjamin Karl, the bronze medalist in the men's snowboard parallel slalom, left, smiles while standing next to gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia, who also won the gold medal in the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom, during their medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

American snowboarder wins gold medals for Russia

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The American Dream exists for people like the 27-year-old who crossed the finish line, won his second gold medal of the Sochi Games and celebrated like he couldn't believe it. Because, truth is, he couldn't. When the United States failed him – when it didn't give him the one thing it promises, opportunity – Vic Wild went and found his American Dream in Russia.
Jeff Passan