Vic Wild: US Snowboarder Wins Gold For Russia After Defecting With Wife

Sat, February 22, 2014 5:45pm EDT by 30 Comments
Vic Wild Parallel Slalom Snowboarding Winner
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Ted

Posted at 4:25 PM on February 26, 2014  

Spoken like someone who’s never been more than 20 miles from there east Texas Trailer park. I’ve been to Russia twice. The people are wonderful. His wife is a green eyed, long legged 5 foot 9 inch 130 pound doll. The women there are gorgeous. Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and the whole Adriatic Croatian coast are a $150 plane flight away for him. He’ll have the time of his life.
I thought America was the land of the free. you know free to decide what you want. So he moved and competed for another country from whence his love comes from , get over yourself.

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chatlanin

Posted at 4:09 PM on February 26, 2014  

PENDOS
STUPID

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Anatoli

Posted at 7:06 AM on February 26, 2014  

Fred,scores of spotsmen get married and adopt their sposes’ citizenship,what’s wrong about that? Vic Wild came to Russia as a half-retired,second-rank skateborder.Short-tracker Victor An was treated as a supermarket reject by the Korean Short-track Federation officials after he smashed his knee at a competition. What’s so wrong about giving such people an extra chance to continue their carrers. I can read between the lines of your message that the only mistake they did was that they opted for Russian citizenship. Wake up,pal, the cold war is over:)

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RockyRiver

Posted at 4:14 PM on February 26, 2014  

The US committee dropped his sport in 2010. He had no support or training. Even if he had stayed on the US team it is unlikely he would have received gold medals. The Russians trained him and provided everything he needed to compete while the US spent all their time and money grooming Shawn White for the halfpipe. Bad investment!

Plus Vic Wild gets that smokin’ hot wife Putin used as bait. You go Vic.

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fred

Posted at 2:59 AM on February 25, 2014  

This shouldnt be allowed. The olympics are getting like baseball free agency. Mercenaries. Viktor Ahn did it too. Russia bought the medal count.

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kifu

Posted at 7:04 PM on February 24, 2014  

What terrible stupid article. Traitor? defected? hahah
U.S. Snowboarding committee refused to commit to him so he went to Russia.
You mad Andrew Gruttadaro you mad?. You poor bastard you still live in the cold war era!
Stop crying. His name is now Viktor Ivan and he loves Russia!

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kifu

Posted at 6:59 PM on February 24, 2014  

What terrible stupid article. You mad muricans you mad?. You poor bastards you still living in the cold war era!
Stop crying. His name is now Viktor Ivan and he loves Russia!

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Colleen Moran- Charest

Posted at 11:52 AM on February 24, 2014  

Traitor is a bit harsh! Good for him! Good for him to follow opportunities that will allow him to take it to the next level! Why not! America’s greedy anyway!

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Chris

Posted at 5:12 PM on February 23, 2014  

“Defected?”

Look up the definition and place the word in context. He didn’t ha to sneak away. Americans are free. Even to leave.

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drush76

Posted at 1:46 PM on February 23, 2014  

Congratulations to Vic Wild! Instead of giving up when the U.S. Snowboarding committee refused to commit to him, he took charge of his life and IMMIGRATED to a country willing to support him. And he immigrated. He didn’t defect. This isn’t the Cold War and his decision was not motivated by politics.

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Bruno S.

Posted at 7:46 AM on February 23, 2014  

To choose between OBOZO and PUTIN? Now that’s a tough call. Hahaha

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Devo

Posted at 7:31 AM on February 23, 2014  

He’s a piece of S. Stay in Russia

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ugh

Posted at 8:39 PM on February 23, 2014  

You are incredibly rude. Why do you care if he followed the woman he loved to another country? Probably more commitment to something that matters to him than you will ever give. Might want to stop attacking someone you don’t know because he made a choice you don’t like. Go cry in your Cheerios and get life.

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Aladany

Posted at 12:48 AM on February 23, 2014  

This story is so misleading – he lost in the US trials and THEN applied for Russian citizenship in order to compete. The US team gave up on this guy!!

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JustSaying

Posted at 12:37 AM on February 23, 2014  

This dude just wanted fame and glory. The Russians absolutely live for winter sports. Wild is a prick for defecting…

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Gowers

Posted at 6:10 PM on February 23, 2014  

Grow up.

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ugh

Posted at 8:40 PM on February 23, 2014  

Its not defecting — its called moving to another country. He wasn’t making a political statement. People need to grow up here……….but oh wait, its HL.

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B Smith

Posted at 12:16 AM on February 23, 2014  

I’m Canadian and normally wouldn’t care about this sort of thing, but the fact that this guy willingly gave credence to Putin’s nationalistic propaganda machine for his own personal glory is disgusting. By doing this, Vic Wild has essentially endorsed human rights abuses in exchange for money. He should be ashamed of himself, and I hope the Yanks never let him come back.

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Alexander

Posted at 1:52 AM on February 23, 2014  

It sound like you’re a member of communist party) : “we must forget about ourselves and only serves our ideas….”
Where is your democracy, man??? Don’t you see you’re already made to march under Union Jack propaganda?)))
As for human rights – fags are doing what they want in Russia, but I do hope we’ll never let ‘em shake their balls on the parades in the kids eyes. Children deserves better images and examples…

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glebzz

Posted at 5:21 AM on February 23, 2014  

Vic Wild is a free man,he changed his citizenship not for nothing,he beat the world record by earning two gold medals,you talk like a communist.Nationalistic? never heared that ,I ve heard Obama talks ,is more nationalistic -one of it “that Americans nation is special ,he said it many many times and it sounds like a nationalistic propaganda !

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lElena

Posted at 4:23 AM on February 26, 2014  

I am not sure he meant to though…Putin made it a propaganda.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 10:26 PM on February 22, 2014  

but tell me who lost the ice hockey match against canada and who is the finals today?

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Kate

Posted at 9:11 PM on February 22, 2014  

He gave up his US citizenship to snowboard? Wow. They can have him.

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RockyRiver

Posted at 5:02 PM on February 23, 2014  

Wild didnt give up his US citizenship. He married a Russian national and was granted Russian citizenship. He holds dual citizenship just as his wife may hold US citizenship if she wants and may compete for the US team if she wants to. Russians are competing for other countries teams all over the world and no one complains about that. The US team dropped Wilds entire sport ( Alpine Snowboard Slolam ) from its roster in 2010 and doesnt support its athletes leaving the sole US Alpine Snowboard competitor to live in his truck. The US team is poorly coached and poorly funded. Russia takes care of its athletes and took the prize this time around for a reason.

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ugh

Posted at 8:41 PM on February 23, 2014  

You are completely wrong. Get your facts straight next time.

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Posted at 7:44 PM on February 22, 2014  

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Nicola Gossips

Posted at 7:20 PM on February 22, 2014  

Defected or immigrated?

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dunjav2013

Posted at 7:02 PM on February 22, 2014  

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