Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic, who competes with a bizarre moustache painted onto her face, stormed to Olympic snowboard cross gold on Sunday, as Australian hopefuls Belle Brockhoff and Torah Bright missed the final.
The 20-year-old, who sports the coloured moustache as a good luck charm, led from start to finish in the final to take the title ahead of Canada's world number one Dominique Maltais.
France's Chloe Trespeuch took bronze after avoiding a late collision between Michela Moioli of Italy and Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria.
Brockhoff was the best-placed Australian, finishing 10th, while Bright crashed out in the quarter-finals.
Samkova was in a class of her own throughout the day's competition, finishing top of the pile in the morning's time-trial runs to decide seedings for the competition proper.
She then led from start to finish in all three rounds, avoiding the carnage often taking place behind her.
"I thought she's going to win because she's the best of the girls," said her coach Jakub Flejsar.
"It was more about the pressure on her. I knew that if she didn't make any mistakes, she'd get it.
"She's the best in sucking down the jumps and pushing the rollers. She's got fast legs and good timing. It was actually pretty boring but we liked that."
Vancouver gold medallist Maelle Ricker of Canada crashed out in the quarter-finals as she tried to take a tight inside line on a bend in a desperate attempt to make up a couple of positions as she was running outside the qualifying spots.
Worse was to come for the favourites in the semi-finals as American Lindsey Jacobellis's Olympic hoodoo struck again.
The 28-year-old was leading the final in Turin in 2006 by three seconds when she paid for some showboating on the penultimate jump as she crashed and lost the lead to Switzerland's Tanja Frieden, having to settle for second.
Four years later the three-time world champion and eight-time X-Games winner missed a gate in her semi-final before falling anyway.
This time she was undone by another crash when she was leading again by a huge margin in her semi-final.
As she fell she almost took out Maltais, who swerved expertly to avoid the American and make it to the final.
"It was kind of like landing on mashed potatoes," said Jacobellis of her semi-final crash.