US ski star Ted Ligety has been crowned king of the giant slalom, sealing the second Olympic gold of his career in convincing fashion.
The 29-year-old reigning world champion clocked the fastest time of 2min 45.29sec after two runs down the Rosa Khutor course, finishing ahead of a pair of Frenchmen.
Steve Missillier, with only one World Cup podium to his name, was a surprise second at 0.48sec, ahead of Alexis Pinturault who took bronze, 0.64sec off the pace.
The 29-year-old Missillier, who was 10th after the first run, put in an impressive second run to take the lead and managed to maintain it as a number of favourites came down the course.
But Ligety had a huge 1.50sec lead on the Frenchman after the first run and was never in doubt for gold, even racing in 30th place down a deeply rutted course.
For the cool American, this is a second Olympic title after combined gold in Turin in 2006.
A four-time world champion - including twice in giant slalom - he has never had much Winter Games success in his preferred discipline, failing to finish in Turin and coming in ninth place in Vancouver in 2010.
Wednesday's medal also comes after a disappointing 12th place in the super-combined and 14th place in the super-G in Sochi.
"This is really awesome. This is the event I wanted the most," Ligety said after his win.
"This is the event I have been putting so much pressure on myself to win, so to pull through is an awesome feeling."
"I feel really lucky I had such a good first run because I didn't have to take all the risks in the second run."
For Missillier as much as everyone else, this Olympic silver came out of the blue.
"It's my first podium in giant and it comes in the Olympics, it could not be better. This is perfect. It's a big dream. I never thought I could do this," he said.
"To share this moment with Alexis is extra special."