It was also a long time coming for the man who's been the face of Canadian skating for a decade, but suffered Olympic heartbreak in Sochi when he finished second.
The OAR claimed silver, the second medal of the Games for the team competing as neutrals here, as they were seven points adrift of Canada's total of 73.
Even without the move, the duo still managed to help Canada snag gold in the team event on Monday. "I'm going to hold this medal tight to me". You have to be pretty fortunate to do multiple games and have a shot at medals. The two-time Olympian was able to perfectly place a wrist shot to give Canada a 4-0 lead.
They'll play Switzerland for mixed doubles curling gold on Tuesday.
The reigning Canadian champ finished behind Alina Zagitova but Canada still held a 63-58 lead over the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, with only the dancers to come. Of the new cases, three are among security staff at a youth training center where most of those who got sick are staying.
Team Canada was still in the lead at the start of the ladies' competition and it was a chance for Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman to work out the kinks on Olympic ice against Olympic Athlete from Russia Alina Zagitova, the European and Grand Prix Final champion.
American Bradie Tennell set a season best; her score of 68.94 put her in fifth place, a mere 0.01 points behind Japan's Satoko Miyahara. His artistry and higher-scoring elements boosted his mark significantly.
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The U.S is third with 44, two ahead of Italy.
The women's and ice dance free skates are still to come.
So after the first day, Canada was on top with 17 points and the USA was second with 14.
Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir got a bit to hot on the ice.
Five of the seven who took the ice - men's single skater Patrick Chan, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford - plan to retire at the end of the Games, all in their late 20s and early 30s. Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova will do the ice dance. Over the course of the free skating segment of the competition, the nations each have the option of substituting two of their short program skaters to skate the free portion. Alex and Maia Shibutani will be back for the dance. Both will be contested Thursday but on different hills.
Now the first race of the Alpine program will be the women's giant slalom on Monday.
Dutchman Sven Kramer won the men's 5,000 meter speedskating event on Sunday.