ABC of Snowboarding News Feed http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/ Snowboarding Info, News, Pictures, Forum, Shop, Travel and Community @ ABC-of-Snowboarding en-us Pierre Vaultier Claims Olympic Gold http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/news/201402/pierre-vaultier-claims-olympic-gold.asp Pierre Vaultier (FRA) won gold in the men's snowboard cross final at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ahead of Nikolay Olyunin (RUS) and Alex Deibold (USA) today, in a sloppy wet final with heavy fog that made it hard to see at the top of the course. <br><br> Three-time Olympian Vaultier, 26, and 2010 Junior World Champion Olyunin, 22, both won each of their rounds leading up to the final and did not face one another until the final round. <br><br> After the finish, Vaultier, who was racing with a torn ACL which he had suffered in bad crash during the Lake Louise World Cup event last December, pumped his arms in the air and screamed wildly in jubilation. <br><br> "When I passed the finish line, I think I was still up in the air [from the last jump],” said the Frenchman. "My luck was that I didn't compete against the Russian until the finals. I think that played in my favour.” <br><br> His rival from Siberia had said a year ago that he had planned to retire after Sochi 2014. But he showed now signs of being done during his races, which thrilled a partisan crowd. <br><br> Wearing Russian colours and waving flags and banners, the spectators shrugged off the constant rain and fog and helped cheer Olyunin down the course, roaring loudly with each of his wins. <br><br> "I think he's a great rider and he deserves this,” he said about the new Olympic Champion, before joking: "But I will never forgive him for it.” <br><br> As is common in this anything-can-happen event, several of the medal hopes tumbled out in the early rounds. <br><br> Three-time Olympian Nate Holland (USA) lost speed after flying too high on a roller and failed to move into the quarterfinal. <br><br> Reigning World Champion Alex Pullin (AUS) lost his balance and fell behind the crowd in his quarterfinal. <br><br> World cup leader Omar Visintin (ITA) was in the lead in his semifinal run when he had a nasty run-in with the rider behind him and crashed out of the race. <br><br> The men's snowboard cross event was originally scheduled for Monday, but heavy fog caused officials to postpone it. <br><br> Visibility had improved at the beginning of Tuesday's racing but as the morning progressed the fog started to cover the course and it became harder to see, although enough visibility remained to run the finals. <br><br> "I enjoy the adverse conditions. I've never minded bad weather - it's just something you have to prepare yourself for,” Deibold said. <br><br> The 27-year-old did not make the USA snowboarding team for Vancouver 2010 but went anyway as a wax technician to help his teammates. He said that gave him motivation to work hard to medal at Sochi 2014. <br><br> Check the full results at http://data.fis-ski.com/pdf/2014/SB/7014/7014RLR0.pdf. Historic Win for Dujmovits http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/news/201402/historic-win-for-dujmovits.asp The penultimate day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games featured an historic result when the first ever Olympic parallel slalom took place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Julia Dujmovits (AUT) earned her chapter in the history books relegating German racers Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober to second and third respectively. <br><br> Dujmovits recovered from a slow first run in the final to beat Anke Karstens (GER) in the second and win Austria its first Gold medal in an Olympic snowboard event. <br><br> "I'm still so stoked. I can't believe it. I never thought about it,” Dujmovits, who will be the flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony tomorrow, said after winning the race. "I told myself today, 'Focus, focus, focus'. It's amazing to have Gold.” Amelie Kober (GER) won bronze after beating Corinna Boccacini (ITA) in the race for third. <br><br> Finishing strong despite aggravating an elbow injury in a crash during the semifinals, Kober joined with Karstens to become the first German twosome to reach the podium in the same snowboard event at an Olympic Winter Games. <br><br> Kober rejoiced in winning a medal alongside her roommate. "There is an unwritten rule that we don't talk about anything. This is a moment we can talk about when we are 105 years old and without teeth,” the mother of one said. <br><br> Karstens said her medal was already pledged to someone else. "I promised my boyfriend [former racer Tyler Jewell (USA)] I would get him a medal for his birthday so, 'Hey, you got it,'” she said. <br><br> The large, chanting and flag-waving crowd was disappointed that all three of its favourite Russian snowboarders failed to move into the finals. The 2013 world champion Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS), 2014 parallel giant slalom Bronze medallist Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Natalia Soboleva (RUS) all failed to make it past the 1/8 finals. <br><br> Pre-race favourite Patrizia Kummer (SUI), who won gold in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday, also failed to win her 1/8 final run. <br><br> For complete results, visit http://data.fis-ski.com/pdf/2014/SB/7017/7017RLR0.pdf. Vic Wild Show Reloaded http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/news/201402/vic-wild-show-reloaded.asp The Olympic debut of parallel slalom at the XXII Olympic Winter Games at Sochi provided a spectacular men's event with Vic Wild (RUS) crowning himself double Olympic Champion edging off Zan Kosir (SLO) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) to second and third in front of a roaring home crowd. <br><br> USA-born Vic Wild (RUS) won a second Gold medal for his adopted country by beating his training partner Zan Kosir (SLO) in the men's psl men's final this Saturday. <br><br> Kosir, who took Silver, also won his second medal at Sochi 2014 after getting Bronze in Wednesday's parallel giant slalom, which was also won by Wild when Kosir had expressed his disappointment at not racing Wild in Wednesday's final. <br><br> Wild, who let out a primal roar after surviving a scare in the semifinals, was less vocal after his final run. He rode past the finish line with his arms outstretched to the cheering, flag-waving crowd then covered his eyes as if in disbelief. <br><br> "To win the other day was the greatest feeling of my life. I can't believe it,” he said after the race, calling the second win "beyond believable”. <br><br> Wild, who became a Russian citizen just two years ago, added: "All those power drills I did in the summer, they really paid off. Nobody could keep up.” <br><br> The husband of a Russian raceboarder was aggressive in all his runs on Saturday and flew down the course in complete control except in one semifinal run against Benjamin Karl (AUT). <br><br> Karl, a four-time World Champion, who easily won the Bronze medal against Arron March (ITA), went over to Wild after the Gold medal race and kneeled before him, making the sign of the cross. <br><br> "My goal was to bring home a Gold medal, but the bronze is blinking like Gold right now. I am 28 for sure I will be riding PyeongChang,” the 2010 PGS Silver medallist said, referring to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. <br><br> Wild, who used to compete for the United States, grew frustrated with the lack of funding for downhill snowboarding. He married snowboarder Alena Zavarzina (RUS) - the bronze medallist in the ladies' parallel giant slalom - and became a Russian citizen in 2012. <br><br> Wild said he made the right decision in racing for Russia. <br><br> "I wouldn't even be here if I hadn't. I wouldn't be snowboarding,” he said. "It wasn't like I had an opportunity in the US and then decided to go to Russia. It's not like there was an option. <br><br> I had to make a life for myself, I had to make money. It was the only way if I wanted to snowboard.” <br><br> Full results can be viewed at www.fis-ski.com/snowboard. Kaitlyn Farrington Stuns Former Champions to Win http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/news/201402/kaitlyn-farrington-stuns-former-champions-to-win.asp Kaitlyn Farrington upset three former Olympic champions to take women's halfpipe snowboarding gold at the Sochi Games on Wednesday. <br><br> The American had failed to make the final directly from the heats, needing a second chance semi-final to progress, but produced a stunning second run to score 91.75. <br><br> Vancouver 2010 winner Torah Bright of Australia missed out on gold by just 0.25 while veteran Salt Lake City 2002 champion Kelly Clark, 30, took bronze with a score of 90.75. <br><br> Turin 2006 gold medallist Hannah Teter missed out on another medal by just 0.25 to her American compatriot. <br><br> For more information about the winter olympics, visit www.sochi2014.com. Farrington's Parents Can Fly with a Little Help http://www.abc-of-snowboarding.com/news/201402/farringtons-parents-can-fly-with-a-little-help.asp The parents of halfpipe snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington might never have seen their daughter compete live at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games without a little help from their friends - and the 10,000 residents of Sun Valley, Idaho. <br><br> In the lead-up to the Games, when it became clear that Farrington, 24, would be selected for a USA team that boasts Kelly Clark (USA), the most succcesful snowboarder of all time, her hometown began raising money to fly her parents to Russia. <br><br> "They had snowboarding boots around town,” explained her mother, Suz, to the Olympic News Service on Wednesday. <br><br> "With a picture of the three of us that said, 'Help send Kaitlyn's parent's to Russia.' They put it out on the radio. It's a small community of only 10,000 people and everybody was very helpful.” <br><br> Farrington was brought up with her older sister Jessalyn in an environment not obviously conducive to snowboarding. "I grew up on a ranch in Bellevue (Idaho) and made it all the way to the Olympics in Russia,” she said. "If you believe in yourself, that's half of it.” <br><br> Luckily for her, there was a ski resort close by. <br><br> "She started skiing at the age of 4 and switched to snowboarding at age 9,” said Suz, adding that it was "just awesome” to be able to see her daughter join Clark in Wednesday's halfpipe final with the highest score of the semifinal – and finally beating her team mate and the rest of the 12-ladies-final to grab a well-deserved Gold. <br><br> source: www.fis-ski.com/snowboard