Williams brings Britain gold

Gold medallist Svindal, right, and silver medallist Miller. (AFP)

Britain claimed its first individual Winter Olympic gold in 30 years on Friday as Aksel Lund Svindal landed the super-G title and figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko's failure to defend his crown sparked a furious backlash.

Amy Williams rocketed to victory in the women's skeleton in a combined time of three minutes 35.64sec.

Williams's gold came despite protests by the United States and Canada over the legality of her helmet, both of which were dismissed.

Canada won its fourth gold of the Games with Jon Montgomery hurtling down the men's skeleton track to pip Latvia's Martin Dukurs by just 0.07sec.

 

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