The United States two-man bobsled, driven by Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, won a bronze medal by .03 seconds to give the US its first medal in the two-man event since 1952.
USA's final run of 56.68 was good enough to earn third place, giving the US a total time of 3:46.27. Russia II finished with 3:46.30.
Though they didn't come away with gold, the Americans at least seemed satisfied with earning a medal that was 62 years in the making.
Ironically, Holcomb was on the four-man team in Vancouver that broke the US's 62-year gold medal drought.
"Overwhelming," he said. "I guess 62's our number."
Holcomb will have a chance for another medal this weekend in Sochi's four-man event.
But Monday belonged to the Russians, who won by a surprisingly convincing margin.
Led by 39-year-old Alexander Zubkov, Russia I posted the fastest total time at 3:45.39 to win gold. Zubkov, who came out of retirement for these Games, was pushed by former arm wrestling world champion and Sochi-native Alexey Voevoda.
Switzerland earned silver with a time of 3:46.05.