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Russia PM Medvedev lauds Sochi victories of married Russian snowboarders

February 19, 2014, 19:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina won gold and bronze respectively in parallel giant slalom

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MOSCOW, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian married couple Alena Zavarzina and Vic Wild on the outstanding performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where each of them won medal in snowboarding competitions.

Zavarzina snowboarded the slope of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course on Wednesday to take the bronze medal in women’s parallel giant slalom and later her husband Wild raced in the men’s category of the same event to win the gold medal.

In a congratulatory message addressed to Zavarzina, Medvedev “your family duo with Victor Wild performed outstandingly in Sochi.”

“All snowboard fans are very glad with your achievement,” Medvedev said adding that Zavarzina “has been confidently moving toward the success, overcoming all difficulties and constantly gaining in her skills.”

In a message to Wild, Medvedev said that the gold medal in parallel giant slalom is the dignitary continuation of Wild’s snowboarding career and was the first ever for Russia in this discipline.

“I heartily congratulate you on the outstanding performance at the XXII Winter Olympic Games,” Medvedev said. “In Sochi you have confirmed your high class of skills and your rank of one of the world’s strongest snowboarders.”

Wild was born in the United States and used to snowboard for the US team. He switched his citizenship to Russian after marrying Zavarzina several years ago.

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