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Washington State Native Wins 2 Gold Medals In Snowboarding For Russia

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Russia's Vic Wild celebrates at the Men's Snowboard Parallel Slalom Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 22, 2014. (credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Vic Wild celebrates at the Men’s Snowboard Parallel Slalom Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 22, 2014. (credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (CBS Seattle/AP) — Vic Wild might compete under the Russian flag, but the roots for the White Salmon, Wash., native run deep.

After the snowboarder completed a career revival with a gold medal for his new home country in men’s parallel giant slalom on Wednesday — just minutes after wife Alena Zavarzine won bronze in the women’s event — Wild wanted to celebrate in the most American way possible.

“It would be nice to have a beer,” Wild said. “They won’t let us have beer.”

When jokingly asked if vodka would suffice until a beer could be had, the 27-year-old provided a very un-Russian answer.

“I don’t like vodka,” he said. “I just want a beer.”

Maybe he will finally be allowed to have a beer after he captured the gold in the men’s parallel slalom on Saturday.

Wild told The Associated Press that he left the U.S. for Russia to keep his snowboarding career alive.

“I continued snowboarding because I thought I could do something special,” he said. “I thought I had never reached my potential (in the U.S.) and I wanted to see how good I could get. That’s why I’m a Russian.”

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