Monday could have belonged to Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the legendary Norwegian who won the 10km biathlon sprint on Saturday to share the all-time record of 12 Winter Olympic medals with compatriot Bjoern Daehlie.
Competing in the biathlon pursuit, Bjoerndalen just failed in his quest to become the most successful Winter Olympian of all time -- finishing fourth after his shooting was, quite literally, off target.
The 40-year-old finished just 1.7 seconds outside the medals in a contest won by Martin Fourcade as France celebrated its first gold of the Games.
Bjoerndalen's speed was good but he missed targets in the second prone and both standing shooting.
"I think I had the chance to win. When I missed the shot, I knew that was the end for me," said Bjoerndalen. "I was not strong enough on the shooting."
"On the final leg, I tried to speed up but I realized the competition was too strong and I should have done that earlier."
The biathlete has four move events to try to eclipse the retired Daehlie, 46, whose medals all came in cross country skiing.
The first gold of the day came in the super-combined gold, as Maria Hoefl-Riesch defended her Olympic title with a total time of 2 minutes 34.62 seconds from her downhill and slalom runs.
She finished four-tenths of a second ahead of Austrian Nicole Hosp and American favourite Julia Mancuso, who led after the downhill.
"The hill was steep at the start, which I found especially difficult. It didn't feel great, but I skied fast enough," said Hoefl-Riesch, 29.
The 29-year-old, who had been fifth in the standings prior to her slalom, sunk to her knees in celebration as Mancuso, the last woman who could catch her, was only fast enough for bronze.