There are now two Olympic medals in his family after Austria's Matthias Mayer picked the perfect moment to win his first major downhill.
In upsetting pre-race favorites Bode Miller of the United States and world downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, the 23-year-old skier added his gold to his father Helmut's super-G silver in 1988.
"This is unbelievable. I thought maybe in a few years I could dream of this sort of achievement. It was really cool and my family will be excited," he said.
For Svindal, the disappointment is huge. "It is pretty much the worst place to be," he said.
Miller, at 36 the old man of alpine skiing, finished eighth in his last Olympic downhill. He seemed to be in good shape until he hit a gate, Bleacher Report said.
"I'm not really sure what went wrong," he said. "The visibility is different today and that's the only disadvantage I had. But it's something I face all the time. If the visibility is really good, I can ski my best; if it isn't, I can't. I wanted to ski (the course) as hard as I could and not really back off, but it requires a lot of tactics today, which I didn't apply."
He still has the super combined on Friday -- the event he won in 2010 -- for a chance at a sixth career medal.
The host nation comes to life
And a 15-year-old shall lead them.
Russia picked up four medals on Sunday, sparked by figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia, who crushed the competition in the women's free skate program of the team event, a day after winning the short program.
And her team smoked the competition to win the host nation's first gold medal of the Games.
The win pleased No. 1 Russia fan, President Vladimir Putin, but he reminded the team he hoped for more medals.
"He congratulated us at the boards, which was great. He said, 'Well done, but don't relax, you still have the individual events to come,'" Ekaterina Bobrova said.
He was so happy, he almost managed a smile, reported CNN's Eoghan Macguire.
Russia also won medals in the women's biathlon sprint (silver), men's singles luge (silver) and women's 3,000-meter speed skating event.
Back to the ice, there's a bit of bad news for the other women in the individual competition.
"Now I fully know the ice and the arena I can relax a bit and skate better in the individual event than I did today," Lipnitskaia said after the team event. "I will work hard on the free program after the small issues today."
You read that right: as good as she was Sunday, she think she will be better.