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Remembering Sochi in 25 Happy Faces

Forget the agony of defeat. We’re showcasing the thrill of victory with Olympic athletes’ happy faces.

. Hand in the air? Check. Winning smile? Check. Make a joyful noise? Double check. Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands has the quintessential happy Olympic pose after getting gold in the men’s 1,000 meter speedskating race.

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. The double luge team of Andreas, left, and Wolfgang Linger, of Austria, couldn’t even wait to leave the track before screaming with excitement.

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. Thrice the glee is so nice. The women’s snowboard halfpipe victors nestled themselves in their countries’ flags and the immense joy of the moment. From left to right, Australian silver medalist Torah Bright, American gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington and bronze medalist Kelly Clark show off their smiles.

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. What is it about a yell that can so accurately convey an ecstatic nature? Canada’s Mark McMorris shows off his happy face after winning the bronze medal in the snowboard men’s slopestyle.

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. Russian pairs skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov couldn’t contain their excitement at the end of their figure skating performance. The pair nabbed the gold medal in front of the hometown crowd and revived the legacy of Russian excellence in Olympic skating.

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. Sometimes delight is so simple that it’s primal. Germany’s Felix Loch celebrates after crossing the finish line and winning the gold medal in men's singles luge final.

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. American Noelle Pikus-Pace expressed her bliss through tears after winning the silver medal in the women’s skeleton competition.

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. Russia’s Victor An used his entire body to show off his contentment following his gold medal win during the short track men’s 500m final.

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. Friends and ice dancing partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States embrace each other after their short dance performance. The pair went on to win the gold medal.

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. When Canada’s curling team beat Britain to win the top prize, it resulted in a group hug.

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. France’s Pierre Vaultier showed how pleased he was with his gold medal finish in the men’s snowboarding event with a gigantic smile and finger-point.

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. Peace. Victory. American Jamie Anderson’s two-finger salute and infectious smile follows her gold medal win in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final.

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. Olympic athletes spend years of their lives dedicated to their sport. Sometimes when they finally capture their Olympic dream, like Canada’s Marielle Thompson did by winning the women’s freestyle skiing skicross, their hopefulness turns into beaming surprise.

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. All eyes were on Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova’s teammate and the returning Olympic champion. So when she usurped the spotlight and landed the gold medal, her reaction was priceless.

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. Often times joy isn’t a solo affair. Finnish teammates Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojaervi display their exuberance after they won the men's cross-country team sprint.

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. Blissfulness can be all-encompassing as Belarus’ Darya Domracheva demonstrates with her first-place finish in women’s biathlon.

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. Happiness isn’t always gold-plated. Japan's Noriaki Kasai celebrates following his second-place finish in men's ski jumping large hill individual final.

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. Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold eagerly displays her satisfaction after nabbing the gold in the women’s skeleton event.

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. They call this area the “kiss and cry,” but Japanese gold medal winner Yuzuru Hanyu and his coach make it look more like the “jump and shout.”

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. Because sometimes you need a little feistiness with your enthusiasm, Italy’s Arianna Fontana shows off her rock-star sensibilities.

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. What does victory taste like? If your Slovenia’s Tina Maze, then it likely tastes like snow. She kisses the ground after she finishes first in the women’s downhill race.

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. British freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes uses her Union Jack-inspired grill to show how happy she is to make the qualifying round in her event.

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. Happiness can be music to an athlete’s ears, as it was for i-Pod, AKA Iouri Podladtchikov. The Russian-born snowboarder, who represented Switzerland, won the halfpipe competition and bested his idol, Shaun White.

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. Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad kisses his ski as he celebrates winning the men's cross-country sprint free final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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. American skier and gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin has her arms up, her eyes closed and the truest expression of delight on her face.

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