The United States finally claimed a gold medal in figure skating ice dance as Meryl Davis and Charlie White produced a stunning world record display in Sochi on the tenth day of action.
Having taken team bronze on day two of the Games, and a silver in Vancouver four years ago, Davis and White saved the best for last as they completed their Olympic medal set.
The two-time world champions scored 116.63 points for their free skate, to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade', which created an overall total of 195.52 when added to their record display in the short dance on Sunday.
"We're so excited we're kind of in shock a little. I'm not sure what we're feeling. We're kind of in disbelief," Davis, 27, told reporters afterwards.
"I've never skated and visualized the performance at the same time and tonight that's kind of how it felt. It felt great."
The U.S. had won 14 figure skating gold medals before, all of which came in either the men's or women's singles.
"17 years of hard work was justified," said White, 26, referring to the fact that he first started skating with Davis as a child.
"To come away with a gold medal is amazing."
"We were well prepared by our coach Marina (Zueva) in coming here and doing our job. I felt like we had done everything we could from the beginning of this competition -- in practice, team event, this event."
Rather unusually, the American duo have the same coach -- Russian-born Zueva -- as the Canadian couple who took silver: 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
The quartet even train together in Detroit.
"That was our best performance of the year for that program," said Moir. "We don't know what our plans are for the future from an amateur standpoint. We know we're doing 'Stars on Ice' in the spring!"
To the delight of an enraptured home crowd, Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov -- who had already won gold in the team event at Sochi -- won bronze at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Yet the host nation was not to be denied in the bobsleigh as Alexander Zubkov and Sochi-born Alexey Voeveda took a historic gold, Russia's first at the Olympics.
Having regularly trained in Sochi, the pair set a track record of 56.08 in their third run -- and Zubkov was delighted to have also beaten a different kind of record.
For the pilot disproved local belief that whoever carries the flag in the opening ceremony does not win a medal.
"Now you see it's just superstition," said the Russian team's flag bearer from ten days ago.
Poland took silver in the race, while Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton became the first pair from the U.S. to win a medal in the two-man competition since 1952.
"When we do well in two-man, we typically do well in four-man," said Holcomb, who took gold in the four-man four years ago. "We build momentum."
The medals for the four-man bobsleigh will be decided on Sunday, ahead of the closing ceremony later that night.
Meanwhile, Jamaican duo Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon failed to make it into the top 20 of the two-man event and went out after the third run.
DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR BELARUS
In many ways, the day belonged to Belarus -- a country of less than 10 million inhabitants that is lying seventh on the medals table, albeit with the same number of golds (five) as second-placed Russia.
Three of these have gone to the woman who is now the most successful Olympian in Belarus' history, with Darya Domracheva having also won a bronze in Vancouver 2010.