February 9 - Russia won a first gold medal of Sochi 2014 this evening as their team figure skaters dominated the inaugural Olympic team competition in front of President Vladimir Putin and an enraptured home crowd.
"I am very happy of course with my performance and that of our team," the Turin 2006 men's singles champion reflected.
"I tried my best in both the short programme and the long programme - I think today I would give myself a four plus.
"I'm 31 years and this means everything to me - it's so much history."
If Plushenko was the king of the Russian team, then it was 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia who was the princess as she posted a personal best score of 141.51 points to lead the women's section and set herself up for further medals later in the Games.
"I don't know how to explain the feeling I had out there," the teenager said afterwards.
The victory was one of four Russian medals on the second day of the Games here as eight different nations secured one gold medal apiece.
This included the showpiece men's downhill event at the beginning of the day when - after the two favourites Aksel Lund Svindal and Bode Miller finished out of the medals - victory went to Austria's Matthias Mayer to secure his nation's first title in the event for 12 years.
While the downhill is one of the most traditional Winter Olympic disciplines, the slopestyle snowboard, like team figure skating, is new to the programme and, despite the build up being dominated by criticism of the difficult nature of the course, once it got underway it was an unmitigated success.
Elsewhere there was a second successive Dutch triumph in speed-skating, when Ireen Wust won the 3,000m, while Felix Loch won the men's luge in front of IOC President, and fellow German, Thomas Bach.
There were also wins on day two for Switzerland's Dario Cologna in the skiathlon, Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina in women's sprint biathlon and Poland's Kamil Stoch in the normal hill ski jumping.
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