Date of Birth:
August 23, 1986
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Olympics and Events Attended:
2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships, Bronze Medal, Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympics, Sochi, Russia, Gold Medals (Russia), Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom
Victor Ivan “Vic” Wild is an American-born Russian snowboarder. At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia he became the first snowboarder ever to win two medals at the same Winter Games. 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. 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. In 2013 Wild was “appointed Strategic Director of the watch factory Raketa, to experiment the application of winning sportive strategies to the business world.”
After winning gold for Russia at the Sochi Olympics, Wild commented, “Russia is a country that made it possible for me to win.” Wild received The Order for Merit to the Fatherland Award, 4th Class, with Russian President Vladimir Putin presenting the award. Wild will be the third American-born athlete to compete for Russia in an Olympics and the first to do so in the Winter Games, according to Olympian historians.