American teenage sensation Mikaela Shiffrin made Winter Olympics history when she took gold in the women's slalom in Sochi.
At 18 years and 345 days, Shiffrin becomes the youngest ever winner of the event, male or female, claiming the record from Paoletta Magoni of Italy, who won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Games when she was 19.
she produced a superb first run that gave her a healthy cushion of 1.19 seconds at the halfway stage, an advantage that was crucial considering the condition of the slopes second time around.
Coming down last of the 30 racers, Shiffrin briefly went down on the icy snow but held on to finish 0.53 secs ahead of Austrian Marlies Schild, who took the silver ahead of compatriot Kathrin Zettel.
"I'm so happy to be in this position, and I couldn't be happier than to be on the podium with Marlies and Kathrin," the winner said afterwards.
Schild has now won a medal in the slalom at the last three Games, though none of them gold.
German Maria Hoefl-Riesch was fourth, meaning she missed out on making another podium at the Games having already captured gold in the super-combined and then silver in the super-G.
Success for Canada
Marielle Thompson claimed gold for Canada in the women's freestyle skiing cross, edging out compatriot Kelsey Serwa in the final, with Anna Holmlund of Sweden having to settle for third at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
There was also success for the Canadians on the ice, as they reached the men's ice hockey final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the United States.
Jamie Benn scored the only goal of the game to set up a clash for the gold medal with Sweden, who had earlier knocked out Finland.
France's Ophelie David came home a distant fourth, having seen her challenge ended by a crash.
In biathlon action, the women's 4x6km relay was won by the Ukraine ahead of Russia, with Norway rounding out the podium places.