Nathan Chen rewrote the story of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, performing an unprecedented six quad jumps in his free skate and launching himself from 17th place and almost winning a medal in the men's singles competition.
Yuzuru Hanyu defended the title he won in Sochi in 2014 with a stirring, emotional performance to "Seimei", a Japanese soundtrack.
For back at the "52 Games in Oslo, Button had shaken up skating when he landed the Olympics" first ever triple jump of any kind, a triple loop.
Chen scored 215.08 points, allowing him leapfrog the rankings table, from 17th to fifth place.
For Saturday's free skate Hanyu is planning a quad Salchow and a quad toe. He finished 20 points below him, with a score of 297.35 to Hanyu's 317.85. The talented Nathan Chen had been tipped as a gold medal favorite until everything went awry during his short program. Then he decided that he would try to spin around four times in the air during six jumps - and he pulled it off. "I was thinking that after the first run, but I think it was me making an excuse", said Shiffrin, one of the biggest names at the Games.
"Sort a mix of emotions", Chen said.
As Chen told NPR's Melissa Block, "Screw it. I can step off the ice feeling really happy about myself".
Next up for Team USA was Vincent Zhou who skated to a 192.16 in the free skate for a combined score of 276.69 in the men's singles.
The men's final was held at midday Saturday in South Korea - and at night Friday for the continental U.S. He will face stiff competition from China's Jin Boyang, who is only 0.85 points behind him.
The skaters and spectators alike were eager to see what the top contenders - especially Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu - would do.
One of the biggest hurdles came on March 11, 2011, when the then-teenaged Hanyu was practising in his hometown of Sendai in northern Japan and a 9.0 magnitude quake set off a tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Orser rushed to greet Hanyu as he left the ice after his strong but slightly flawed performance.
Few know Hanyu's toughness better than Fernandez, who laughed at the idea that the Japanese superstar would not be at his best in Pyeongchang.
After struggling in the team event and men's short program, Chen entered the long program in 17th place. As soon as the music started, he said he felt the support from everyone - the American flags he saw in the crowd, the cascades of "Let's go Nathans" and messages from friends and family members the previous 24 hours. "I just kept chugging along at goals and achieved the goals I had set myself".
He skated to Olympic history landing six quadruple jumps in the free program.
"It means a lot for my country", Fernandez said.
After fearing his skating career had been washed away with the closure of the ruined rink, Hanyu moved to Tokyo to train, opting to stay in Japan despite fears over radiation levels from the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima.
While the skater has been keen to focus on the competition at Pyeongchang, saying he did not want the issue to become a distraction for his team mates at the Games, he has also refused to retreat into his shell.