Vic Wild, Austria’s Dujmovits win in parallel slalom

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American-born Russian snowboarder Vic Wild earned his second gold of the Sochi Olympics thanks to thrilling wins in the semifinal and then the Big Final of parallel slalom.

In his semi-final, Wild was down 1.12 seconds to Austria’s Benjamin Karl after the first run, but threw down a blinding second run to defeat Karl by a mere .04 of a second to make his way into the Big Final.

There, he faced Slovenia’s Zan Kosir and managed to take the gold by .11 of a second.

Wild, who became a Russian citizen in 2011 after marrying fellow snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, also won in parallel giant slalom a few days ago; Zavarzina won bronze on the women’s side in that event.

Thanks to today’s events, Wild and Kosir become the first snowboarders to win multiple medals in a single Olympics; Kosir won the bronze in men’s PGS.

In women’s parallel slalom, the day belonged to Julia Dujmovits of Austria after she won over Germany’s Anke Karstens by .12 of a second.

Dujmovits pulled it off despite being seven-tenths of a second down to Karstens after the first run of the Big Final.

Karl and Germany’s Amelie Kober each came away with bronze medals.

Once again, Justin Reiter was the lone American to compete in today’s event. Unfortunately for him, he missed a gate in qualifying and was disqualified.

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MEN’S SNOWBOARDING – PARALLEL SLALOM
1. Vic Wild (RUS), Won Big Final by .11 seconds

2. Zan Kosir (SLO)
3. Benjamin Karl (AUT), Won Big Final by 16.25 seconds

DQ – Justin Reiter (USA)

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARDING – PARALLEL SLALOM
1. Julia Dujmovits (AUT), Won Big Final by .12 seconds

2. Anke Karstens (GER)
3. Amelie Kober (GER), Won Small Final by .13 seconds

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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