National idol Yevgeny Plushenko and rising star Julia Lipnitskaia got hosts Russia off the mark sealing gold in the inaugural team figure skating.
It was a fourth Olympic medal for the 31-year-old but his achievement was almost overshadowed by Lipnitskaia, who sealed gold at the age of just 15 to euphoria at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Watched by President Vladimir Putin, Russia took a precious gold on home soil even before the final round — the ice dance free dance.
Ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov then stepped up and placed third behind Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Canadians Tessa virtue and Scott Moir.
The hosts won five of the eight sections over three days of competition to take gold with 75 points. Canada took silver with 65 with the United States bronze medallists with 60.
“I’m 31 years and this means everything to me. It’s so much history,” said 2006 Olympic champion and two-time silver medallist Plushenko.
Alpine skiing – downhill
Austrian tyro Matthias Mayer stormed to gold in the blue riband men’s downhill.
The 23-year-old clocked 2min 06.23sec down the 3.5km-long course for the first Austrian downhill gold since Fritz Stroebl in the 2002 Games at Salt Lake City.
Mayer also bettered his father Helmut’s silver-medal showing in the super-G at the Calgary Games in 1998.
“Of course it means a lot to me,” an emotional Mayer said. “It’s really difficult to go down the track without mistakes.”
Italian Christof Innerhofer took silver at just six-hundredths behind with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud claiming bronze, a further 0.04sec adrift.
World downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal was fourth and another strong favourite, Bode Miller of the United States, was eighth.
Nordic skiing – Skiathlon
Switzerland’s Dario Cologna powered to victory in the men’s skiathlon, hanging on for the second Olympic gold of his career an enthralling final sprint.
Cologna pushed ahead of his rivals with a bold move before the final corner and just managed to keep his lead finishing in 1hr 08min 15.4sec ahead of an attacking Marcus Hellner of Sweden who took silver in 1:08:15.8.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway and Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia engaged in a titanic struggle for bronze with the Norwegian winning by an inch in a time of 1:08:16.8.
Luge – singles
Germany’s Felix Loch retained his Olympic title with the 24-year-old upsetting Russian Albert Demchenko’s hopes of becoming the oldest ever Olympic champion at the age of 42.
Loch – an eight-time world champion, four each in singles and teams – finished with a combined time of 3min 27.526sec after the four runs.
Demchenko, the world champion in 2004/05, was 0.476sec behind with double Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler of Italy third at 1.271sec.
Ski jumping – normal hill
World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland won the normal hill gold with jumps of 105.5m and 103.5m for a total of 278 points.
Slovenia’s Peter Prevc was second with 265.3 pts and Norway’s Anders Bardal, 264.1 pts, claimed bronze.
Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, 32, who came to Sochi as the reigning champion at both normal and large hills, which he won in 2006 at Turin and in 2010 in Vancouver, failed to earn a record fifth Olympic gold finishing in 17th position.
Snowboard – slopestyle
Jamie Anderson gave the United States a slopestyle double following Sage Kotsenburg’s victory in the men’s competition.
The four-time X-Games winner produced the goods on her second run with a near-perfect 95.25 score.
That pushed Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi down to second after her second run had produced a long-time leading 92.50.
Britain’s Jenny Jones held onto third with 87.25 for her country’s first ever medal on snow.
Speed skating – 3,0000m
Dutchwoman Ireen Wust powered to victory, stealing gold from defending Olympic champion Martina Sablikova.
Wust, the winner of the event at the 2006 Turin Games, raced in the penultimate pair, immediately after Sablikova had moved into the gold medal position, crossing the line in a time of 4min 0.34sec.
Sabilkova of the Czech Republic finished 1.61sec adrift in the silver medal position while Olga Graf won Russia’s first medal of the Games, a bronze, in 4:03.47.
Biathlon – 7.5km sprint
Defending champion Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia became the first woman to win two Olympic titles in the same individual biathlon when she stormed to victory in the 7.5km sprint.
The Russian-born Kuzmina won in a time of 21min 06min 8sec to see off Russia’s Olga Vilukhina who was 19.9sec behind. Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, 21.7sec behind the champion.