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There was no intent involved. There rarely is in a sport that relies heavily on trust to keep the chaos from getting out of hand.
"We compete in an outdoor sport, this is not something that uncommon," Deibold said. "It's one of the situations we prep ourselves for."
who buried four years of angst and a teammate on his way to salvaging a bit of American pride.
So did Olyunin, who seemed overcome by the prospect of being only the second Russian to win a medal with a snowboard attached to the bottom of their boots.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Pierre Vaultier stood atop the podium, feeling no pain from a knee held together by little more than a brace and cheek biting grit.
Happy landings were hard to come by in the rain at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Instead of the bluebird conditions that can feature the sometimes breathtaking mix of speed and precision snowboardcross provides, the third contest in the sport's brief Olympic history was a battle of attrition. didn't make it out of the opening round of elimination after mistiming a jump.
"I think I took off on the last jump and I did not land yet," he said.
Vaultier stood above them all on a right knee with an ACL one wrong move away from a career threatening implosion. Funny how the pain seemed to vanish the moment the 26 year old crossed the finish line.
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So will Vaultier, who won't decide whether to have the ACL he injured two months ago repaired until after meeting with his surgeon. Maybe he'll just keep it in the brace for the time being. Seemed to work in the biggest race of his life.
Though he considers himself a bit of a "pioneer," Olyunin is still in the early stages of his career. He began the day ranked 20th in the world and ended it as the face of his sport in his homeland.
after both spectacularly slid across the line on their backs.
Nobody was better than Vaultier and Olyunin, who led nearly wire to wire in his three races before the finals. He wasn't quite as sharp when the gate dropped in the medal round as Vaultier sprinted to the front then fended him off three times before pulling away over the last two jumps.
Vaultier did his best to minimize the danger. While the early heats sometimes looked like a parade as riders simply tried to grab one of the top three spots to advance, things became more contentious as the field dwindled from 39 to 24 to 12 to six.
One quarterfinal race contained a three rider pileup. The first semifinal included Deibold and Jacob racing side by side, with Deibold accidentally hitting Jacob in the groin as his teammate tried to steady himself as they soared over a jump.
The event was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday due to heavy fog. Conditions weren't much better 24 hours later as the drizzle slowed the 750 meter track, making passing difficult and put the ability to get out of the gates quickly at a premium.
The jousting in front of Vaultier during the semifinals nearly cost him a shot at a medal. Apart from that, there was the relentless pursuit by Russia's Olyunin, the man with the fastest board on a day when speed was in short supply. And the persistence of former wax technician Deibold, Nike Air Max Wright Black
Deibold edged Jacob then sprinted to bronze, the painful memories of when he served as a wax technician grunt work really for the Olympic team after failing to qualify evaporating in the process.
"He is the embodiment of snowboardcross," Olyunin said of Vaultier. "He is created for this and he deserved the medal."
Nikolay Olyunin, the 22 year old underdog standing to his right, was quite content after giving the host country a good glimpse of his profession.
Italy's Omar Visintin loomed as a threat until colliding with Australia's Jarryd Hughes in the semifinals, going head first over a pair of step down ramps and being taken off on a stretcher. team, saw his spot in the finals taken by Deibold, who edged Jacob aside at the finish Nike Air Max Usa
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"I'm going to enjoy Nike Air Max Flyknit 2016 Review not waxing my snowboard for awhile," he said with a laugh.
In other words, just another Tuesday in snowboardcross, the Olympic sport that sometimes is little more than a high stakes lottery held at upward of 50 mph (80 kph) down the side of a mountain.
to be alone, I'm so tired," Olyunin said. "Those delays, they really tired me. Yesterday was really hard for me but I decided . to prove to Russia, that snowboarding does exist."
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