VIC WILD: Russian fans roared for the American-born snowboarder who married a Russian girl and competed for his adopted country. He won two gold medals in the sport's less-popular racing events, parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. The latter was introduced this year as a favor to the Russians, who were hoping for some success at the Extreme Park, and found it from the most unlikely of places.
DANGER: Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova fractured her spine during a training run on that supersized course. It led to the delicate question of whether some of these Olympic layouts were too tough for the women. Also, there were lots of complaints, mostly from snowboarders, about conditions around the park. Some of them were legit. Some of them, however, were overwrought and started sounding a bit like whining.
COLOR: These are the sports that gave us tricks called the "Holy Crail," the "Yolo" and the "Screamin' Seaman." Oh, and Gus Kenworthy, who made it home with the stray dogs just fine, thank you. At times, it was hard to figure out exactly what these athletes were really doing — all the flips and twists can get confusing. But it was quite a show. "I'm still trying to believe this whole crazy thing," said the shocked-but-ebullient American, David Wise, after winning the ski halfpipe gold. He certainly wasn't alone.
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