‘Out of this world’: Vic Wild speaks about gold medals, growing up, and moving away

Vic Wild, originally of White Salmon, greets fans after winning the second of two gold medals during the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 22. The right side of Wild’s helmet displays the initials DGL for his longtime friend Dane Gregory Ludwig, who passed away in 2009.

The last few weeks have been busy for Vic Wild.

Winning two gold medals in the span of four days during the winter Olympics in Russia in the men’s Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom, closing ceremonies, and the wave of media attention directed at the first American-born athlete to compete for Russia has led Wild to refer to it all as “the busiest time of my life.”

All that aside, he still remembers where it all began. Through Facebook messages and the sporadic phone call here and there, Wild has managed to stay in touch with some of the friends he made so long ago in his hometown of White Salmon.

“The amount of support I’ve gotten from the U.S. and more specifically from White Salmon has really felt great. I never thought that people cared so much and it’s been so cool to see on Facebook all of my friends writing and staying up all night to watch the races,” Wild said.

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