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OLYMPICS: Košir Silver in Snowboard Slalom

Sochi, 22 February - Slovenian snowboarder Žan Košir rode to silver in the men's parallel slalom event in Sochi on Saturday. Among the fastest competitors in the qualifiers and knock-out stages, Košir had to admit defeat in the final to Vic Wild of Russia.

Sochi, Russia
Slovenian snowboarder Žan Košir rounds a gate in the men's parallel slalom.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Sochi, Russia
Slovenian snowboarder Žan Košir in the finish arena of the men's parallel slalom.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Sochi, Russia
Slovenian snowboarder Žan Košir rounds a gate in the men's parallel slalom.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Košir and Wild were the fastest to emerge from the qualifiers and set up a fitting final after dominant performances in the knock-out rounds.

While Wild had run over his previous opponents, Košir would not be pushed over in the final, as he stayed within striking distance throughout, only to be pipped at the gate by 0.11 seconds.

It was a contrast of two styles, with Wild's brash, attacking approach and Košir's composed, accurate glide through the gates.

The medal was Košir's second of the Games, after bronze in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday, and increased Slovenia's tally in Sochi to eight.

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