Jenny Jones claimed Great Britain's first medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the first ever on snow, by taking bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle.
The 33-year-old from Bristol - the oldest entrant in the final - had been fifth after the first round but produced a flawless second run of 87.25.
It was good enough to put her in the gold medal position at that stage, meaning she was forced to watch on as her rivals tried to better her score.
Although American Jamie Anderson (95.25) and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50) would surpass her, Jones was assured the remaining spot on the podium when Austrian Anna Gasser, who had set the best score in qualifying and was the last competitor to go, stumbled when trying to land a jump.
"I was only the second person to drop and there were so many more girls, so I absolutely knew I would drop down, but it was just a question of how much," she said.
"When the last girl went, I just went 'Oh my God, oh my God, I am on the podium'."
The slopestyle has been included in the Olympics for the first time at Sochi.
Jones - who has twice won gold in the event at the Winter Games - had failed to qualify automatically for the final on Thursday but seized her second opportunity on Sunday morning, finishing third in her semi-final.
British skier Alain Baxter was awarded a bronze in the men's slalom at Real Salt Lake back in 2002, but was subsequently stripped of his medal for an alleged doping offence.
Liz Nicholl, UK Sport Chief Executive, said: "UK Sport is hugely proud to have supported Jenny Jones as a member of our National Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme. It's wonderful to see all the hard work and dedication of Jenny, her coaches and support staff, realised when it mattered the most.
"Jenny winning a historic first British Olympic medal on snow, in the new slopestyle snowboarding discipline, will create a huge sense of excitement and momentum within the team.
"UK Sport has invested over £14 million of National Lottery and Government funding into athletes representing Great Britain at the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and set a target of winning at least three Olympic medals, so Jenny has got the team off to a sensational start."