The day played out pretty much as expected at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Wednesday afternoon, with no major upsets in the women's 3,000-meter relay or in qualifying heats for the women's 1,000 and men's 500 meters.
As expected, it was Korea who emerged with the gold in the women's 3,000-meter relay.
Trailing with one lap to go, Shim Suk-Hee turned in the lap of her life, passing the Chinese team to secure first place.
It quickly went from bad-to-worse for China, as they were penalized for impeding and subsequently disqualified. They went from looking good for gold, to silver, to off the podium completely.
The main beneficiaries of China's indiscretion were Canada, who moved from bronze to silver, and Italy, who got a spot in the medals with bronze.
Earlier in the day, there were few surprises during qualifying in the women's 1,000 meters.
The United States' Jessica Smith and Emily Scott easily qualified for the quarterfinals, and they will be joined on Saturday by a talented field, highlighted by Italy's Arianna Fontana and Korea's Shim.
In the men's 500 meters, Victor An of Russia and J.R. Celski of the United States qualified for the quarterfinals without any problem.
But Canada's Charles Hamelin, the defending Olympic champion, fell during qualifying and will not get a chance to defend his crown.
It was Hamelin's second consecutive disappointing result, after capturing gold in the men's 1,500 meters last week.