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US-born Wild wins Russia slalom gold

GOLDEN COUPLE:Wild’s medal and Russian spouse Zavarzina’s bronze in the women’s event delighted a home crowd that feted the duo at the flower ceremony

AP AND BLOOMBERG, KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia

In both runs, Ligety showed off his unparalleled technique of arcing turns, leaning down and touching the snow with his hips, gloves and thighs to get the best angles.

“I think he’s one of the best GS [giant slalom] skiers in history,” said former US gold medalist Bode Miller, who was 20th in what he said was his final race in Sochi. “He’s so much better at it than everybody else... He just is so consistent. He makes no errors and anybody who’s trying to cut off line just ends up making mistakes and it makes a huge gap.”

Also yesterday, Finland and Norway won respective golds in the men’s and women’s team sprint classic cross-country events as Scandinavian countries took five of the six medals.

Finland was followed by Russia and Sweden in the men’s race, while taking silver in the women’s event, with Sweden earning the bronze.

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