Four teammates stood proudly behind the Ukraine flag, smiles beaming, celebrating their country's first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
Parliament paused in the deeply divided Ukraine to mark the occasion.
After days of deadly anti-government protests, and as government and opposition leaders worked on a political solution to the months-long crisis, the Ukrainian women provided some good news with their victory Friday in the 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay -- Ukraine's first Winter Olympics gold medal in two decades.
"Great proof of how sport can unite the nation," Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great and leader of the Ukraine Olympic Committee, posted on Twitter. "Moments after girls won gold Ukrainian Parliament stopped discussions .... Speaker greeted the team, MPs sang national anthem! It is a day of crucial decisions in Parliament. Hope the power of sport help to find unity."
It was a momentum shifting day for Ukraine, with Parliament voting to restore the 2004 constitution that limits presidential authority, clawing back some of the powers that President Viktor Yanukovych had pushed through after being elected in 2010.
"Today's victory in Parliament and now by the team in this competition, it is two victories for Ukraine today," Volodymyr Brynzak, president of Ukraine's biathlon federation and vice-president of the national Olympic committee, told The Associated Press.
Team member Valj Semerenko said: "When I came to the podium I cried, and tried to hide it behind the skis. It was not only my tears, but the tears of the whole Ukraine."
Men's hockey: Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 25 saves, lifting Sweden over Finland 2-1 and into the Olympic hockey final.
"It's an amazing feeling," Lundqvist said.
The 2006 Olympic champions will face Canada on Sunday. The Finns will play Team USA for third place Saturday.
All the scoring came in the second period. Finland's Olli Jokinen scored 6:17 into the period from a sharp angle to the left of Lundqvist. Loui Eriksson tied the game for the Swedes by finishing off a sweet sequence of passes midway through the period. Karlsson made it 2-1 with a slap shot from the middle of the ice just inside the blue line with 3:34 remaining.
Women's skicross: Canada's Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa won gold and silver in skicross, giving their country bookend 1-2 performances in the freestyle skiing events.
Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal finishing first and second in moguls.
"Being on the podium at the Olympics in itself is pretty cool," Serwa said. "To be standing beside your teammate is the best feeling in the world."
Men's curling: Canada's "Buff Boys" won a third consecutive Olympic title in devastating fashion, running over Britain 9-3 in just eight ends to match the biggest margin of victory in a Winter Games final.
"I was really expecting to have to make my last one, or to be in a nail-biter," Canada skip Brad Jacobs said. "You never expect to blow a team out."
All those 6 a.m. gym sessions really paid off for Jacobs' rink, which has brought previously unseen levels of fitness to a sport sometimes ridiculed as "housework on ice."
Kerrigan reacts: Nancy Kerrigan stood in front of a group of reporters, voice quivering and hands fidgeting as she described her emotions after watching a one-hour retrospective on the figure skating scandal that shook the Olympic earth 20 years ago.
There were only a handful of media members in the room with her Friday as opposed to the hundreds that hounded her in 1994 after rival skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband put together a hit squad to try to keep Kerrigan from skating against Harding in the Lillehammer Olympics. But it was clear that watching the events unfold again brought bubbling back to the surface those same feelings of helplessness and bewilderment.
"It made me think about everything all over again," Kerrigan said after a screening of "Nancy & Tonya," which will air on NBC on Sunday.
"It's surprising how this whole event and being attacked, it's changed not just skating, it changed my life. It changed tabloid journalism, reality television. That whole other aspect that I had no part of. It just changed everything."
Speedskating: Athletic gear maker Under Armour has signed an eight-year deal with U.S. Speedskating to provide uniforms despite controversy over the suit it provided the team at the Sochi Olympics.
Doping bans: German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, a former two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Italian bobsledder William Fullani were kicked out in the first doping cases of the Sochi Games.