Japanese newspapers ran exultant banner headlines and television stations had blanket coverage on Monday to celebrate the nation`s second Olympic medallist in as many days after Noriaki Kasai took silver in the ski jump at the age of 41.
The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men`s ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday, but a last-minute switch of high-tech suits failed to propel American speed skaters to their first medal of the Sochi Games.
Athletes at the Sochi Games will not be allowed to use helmet stickers as a mark of respect for Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died in an accident two years ago, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.
Records tumbled on the first day of medal action at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday as organisers breathed a sigh of relief after a dazzling opening ceremony hailed as a success around the world.
Speed skater Sven Kramer retained his Olympic 5,000m title on Saturday, destroying the field to win by nearly five seconds as the Netherlands swept the podium, 50 years after the last clean sweep in the event.
Austria`s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz dominated the women`s first outing on an Olympic ski jumping hill Saturday, winning two of the three training jumps and relegating Japanese favourite Sara Takanashi to second spot.
The creative director of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony played down the significance of a technical hitch during the lavish show on Friday, where one of the five rings that make up the Games` symbol failed to open.