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Snowboarder Victor Wild was born and raised in the town of White Salmon, Washington. However, NBC columnist Nick Zaccardi wrote, the athlete will be competing for Russia, rather than for the United States at the Olympic Games in Sochi. He will become the first American to defend the colors of the Russian flag at the Winter Olympics
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