American snowboarder wins gold medals for Russia

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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.
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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)
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)
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)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom on Day 15 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom on Day 15 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Russia's Vic Wild competes during his gold medal run during the men's snowboard parallel slalom final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Vic Wild competes during his gold medal run during the men's snowboard parallel slalom final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
Russia's Vic Wild competes during his gold medal run during the men's snowboard parallel slalom final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SNOWBOARDING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (C) of Russia celebrates with silver medalist Zan Kosir (L) of Slovenia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (C) of Russia celebrates with silver medalist Zan Kosir (L) of Slovenia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (C) of Russia celebrates with silver medalist Zan Kosir (L) of Slovenia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (C) of Russia celebrates with silver medalist Zan Kosir (L) of Slovenia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia looks on after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia looks on after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates celebrates with Alena Zavarzina of Russia after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Finals on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates celebrates with Alena Zavarzina of Russia after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Finals on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (L) of Russia crosses the line ahead of silver medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (L) of Russia crosses the line ahead of silver medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates celebrates with Alena Zavarzina of Russia after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Finals on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia celebrates celebrates with Alena Zavarzina of Russia after the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Finals on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (L) of Russia crosses the line ahead of silver medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 15
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gold medalist Vic Wild (L) of Russia crosses the line ahead of silver medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Vic Wild reacts during the men's parallel slalom snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Russia's Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Vic Wild competes during the men's parallel snowboard finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)

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