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American snowboarders stand pat at five medals

American snowboarders have won five medals at these Sochi Games, matching their mark from Vancouver four years ago. They were unable to add to that tally on Wednesday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The lone American competing on the hill was Justin Reiter, who failed to advance out of the qualification round of the parallel giant slalom, posting the 24th-best mark. Reiter, who lived out of his car while training for the Olympics, posted a total time of 1:41.25 and 1.49 seconds away from advancing to the next round of the competition.

The lone U.S.-born athlete remaining in the field was Vic Wild, who is originally from White Salmon, Wash., and is here competing under the Russian flag. Wild posted the second-fastest qualifying time.

The U.S. snowboard team has won more than twice as many medals as any other country here thus far. France, Canada and Japan have won two snowboarding medals apiece. The most medals the Americans snowboarders have ever won was seven at the 2006 Olympics.

No U.S. snowboarders were in the field for women’s parallel giant slalom, which was also taking place Wednesday.

The last two snowboarding events are scheduled for Saturday, the men’s and women’s parallel slalom finals.

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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