World record holders Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold medal in pairs figure skating in Sochi on Wednesday, and their Russian teammates Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took the silver.
The heavily favoured duo put in an almost flawless performance to the delight of the crowd. Their score of 152.69 was only two points off of their own world record.
Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took the silver. Bronze went to the German duo of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, the silver medallists four years ago in Vancouver.
Two Canadian teams put in strong performances but finished just off the podium.
Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch finished in fifth with a score of 131.18, and their Canadian teammates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford came in seventh with a season's best score of 127.32 for them.
But the night belonged to Russia and Russian skating fans, with the world champions Volosozhar and Trankov adding to Russia's medal haul from figure skating events.
"This is a very special moment in our lives, to be skating in a Russian Olympics," Trankov said after their short program performance.
Canadians Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, both from Saskatchewan, skated earlier and put up a score of 103.01 after a few small missteps.
With files from The Associated Press