Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - American-born snowboarder Vic Wild recorded the fastest time of qualifying for Russia in the men's parallel slalom Saturday at the Sochi Olympics.
Wild, who won gold earlier at the Sochi Games in the parallel giant slalom, was nearly a second faster than the rest of the field to move into the 1/8 finals, completing his two qualifying runs at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in just 57.96 seconds. That was .96 seconds faster than Slovenia's Zan Kosir, who placed second in qualifying after winning bronze in Wednesday's PGS.
The 27-year-old Wild was born in White Salmon, Wash., and married Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011. He was granted Russian citizenship two years ago. Zavarzina won bronze in the women's PGS in Sochi and also advanced to the 1/8 finals in the parallel slalom earlier on Saturday.
Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland, silver medalist behind Wild in the PGS, also advanced, finishing seventh in qualifying with a time of 59.13. Fellow Swiss riders Simon Schoch and Kaspar Fluetsch also moved on in the competition, while Schoch's brother, Philipp, failed to complete his first run on Saturday and was disqualified. Philipp Schoch won consecutive gold medals in the PGS at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games, and Simon finished second to his brother eight years ago in Turin.
American Justin Reiter also crashed out of the qualification round after missing a gate on his first run. He was the only U.S. snowboarder in Saturday's field.
Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson and Michael Lambert claimed the final two spots of the 1/8 finals, placing 15th and 16th, respectively. Countryman Matthew Morison came up short in qualifying, finishing 18th.
Four rounds of finals will take place later Saturday to determine the medals. The competition in Sochi marks the first time Olympic medals will be awarded in this event.