NW Olympians earned double golds, showed 2018 potential

NW Olympians earned double golds, showed 2018 potential

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Men's gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia and women's bronze medalist Alena Zavarzina of Russia celebrate after the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Finals on day twelve of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The most famous of the Northwest Olympians at the Sochi games won two gold medals for his country and high praise from the president.

That would be Vic Wild of White Salmon, Wash. For Russia. And Vladimir Putin.

Wild won the snowboard parallel slalom and giant slalom events. His Russian wife took the bronze in giant slalom minutes before his first gold, propelling them to the top of the social media world at the games.

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Nick Goepper, a protege of training programs on Mount Hood, was part of a USA sweep in the Freeski Slopestyle competition. His favorite Voodoo Donut is the bacon maple bar.

Laurenne Ross of Bend failed to finish in the women's Super Combined and the Super G but finished a strong 11th in the Downhill.

Canby's Jacqueline Ross, in her rookie season the World Cup circuit, finished an impressive 26 in the women's Downhill.

Figure skater Ashley Wagner trained for a time in Portland. She was part of bronze medal effort in Team Figure Skating. She finished 7th overall in a Ladies Figure Staking competition widely criticized over mysterious judging.

Short track skater J.R. Celski, who grew up in Federal Way, Wash., finished fourth in the 1,500, crashed in the quarterfinals of the 1,000, eighth in the 500 and won a team silver in the 5,000 relay.

Patrick Deneen, who trained at Snolqualmie Pass, was sixth in the Men's Moguls.

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