Austria won its third straight gold in the women's super-g at the Olympics when Anna Fenninger upset the pre-race favorites on a tricky course.
Fenninger, last year's Sportswoman of the Year in Austria, finished in one minute, 25.52 seconds to emulate the feats of Andrea Fischbacher in Vancouver four years ago and Michaela Dorfmeister in Turin in 2006.
Current overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch claimed silver -- adding to her gold in the super combined -- and Austria's Nicole Hosp took the bronze. Hoefl-Riesch and Hosp were well behind Fenninger, more than half-a-second adrift.
Almost half of the starters didn't complete the run.
"I've had races where I went through the finish line and I knew this was it -- 'This was a winner.' But this was not one of them," the 24-year-old Fenninger told reporters.
"I only realized what had happened when I stood on the top of the podium," she added. "My feeling is indescribable. I just hope the realization will sink in the way I imagined it so I can properly enjoy myself by this evening."
Elsewhere on Day Eight, adopted Russian Viktor Ahn -- he formerly represented South Korea under the name Ahn Hyun-soo -- bagged the home country's first ever gold medal in short track speed skating in the 1,000 meters and Alexander Tretiakov added to the host's haul of gold by bettering the field in the men's skeleton.
However, there was also somber news for Russia, with freestyle skier Maria Komissarova fracturing her vertebrae and displacing her spine after a fall in training.
The 23-year-old immediately underwent surgery that lasted 6 1/2 hours, Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency said on its website.
"It was successful," Mikhail Vezhba, a Russian Freestyle Federation spokesman, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.