The Highs and Lows of Sochi

The Highs and Lows of Sochi

The United States swept men's slopestyle skiing on Feb. 13, with medalists from left, Gus Kenworthy, silver, Joss Christensen, gold, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze.

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. skis during the second run of her gold-medal perfomance in the women's Alpine skiing slalom event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 21.

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Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States celebrates with her brother Jared Pikus, left, husband, Janson Pace, far right, and children, Traycen, left, and Lacee, right, after she won the silver medal during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Pikus-Pace returned to the sport after retiring in 2010 and her silver-medal finish capped her career with a fairytale ending.

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Athletes train as fog enshrouds the course of the men's biathlon 15k mass-start, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The race was delayed due to fog, one day after the event was called off for the same reason.

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Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, left, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Tiril Eckhoff and Tora Berger celebrate after crossing the finish line to win the mixed biathlon relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19. With the win, Bjoerndalen took home his 13th medal and is now the most decorated Winter Olympian.

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Shani Davis of the U.S. skates in the prototype of the official U.S. Speedskating suit during a training session at the Adler Arena Skating Center on Feb. 14, in Sochi, Russia. The team thought it had a chance to do something special, given some impressive World Cup results this season and new high-tech suits from Under Armour, which got an assist in the design from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

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Canada's Alex Bilodeau, left, celebrates with his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, after winning the gold medal in the men's moguls final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 10, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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Norway's Marit Bjoergen competes in the women's cross-country team sprint classic final during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19. At 33 years old, Bjoegen became the oldest female athlete to win gold at a Winter Olympics.

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Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, center, Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, and Carolina Kostner of Italy stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women's free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Feb. 20, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed a surprising first, followed by Kim and Kostner. Figure skating's complicated scoring system and mysterious judging system left the results open to question.

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Switzerland's Armin Niederer, right, skis past, from left, Finland's Jouni Pellinen, Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden, and Russia's Igor Korotkov to win the first men's ski cross quarterfinal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 20, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. In a wild ending, Pellinen, Norbert and Korotkov crossed the line together in a photo finish -- but not on their skis.

A mother and children look on as Vladimir Luxuria, left, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, speaks out about gay rights while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 17, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match.

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The Canadians dominated curling with gold medal performances from both their men's and women's teams.

The bathroom door smashed by U.S. Bobsled team member Johnny Quinn when he became trapped inside is pictured in this image taken by Quinn in Sochi on Feb. 8. Quinn took matters into his own hands on Saturday when he got stuck in his Olympic village bathroom and smashed a huge hole to break out. An unknown during stints in the NFL with Green Bay and Buffalo, Quinn burst onto the world's stage after he tweeted this photo.

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Volunteers smooth the piste during the men's Alpine skiing super-G at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 16. Volunteers at the Sochi Games have gotten high marks from all involved.

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Wearing masks, members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, left, and Maria Alyokhina, right, speak to journalists while leaving the police station of Adler, near Sochi, on Feb. 18, after their arrest earlier in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina walked free after being questioned about an alleged theft from a hotel.

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Ukraine's Bogdana Matsotska skis during the women's Alpine skiing super-G competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 15. Matsotska left the Olympics in response to the violence in her country.

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The Netherlands' skaters compete during the women's speedskating team pursuit semi-finals event at the Adler Arena in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 22, 2014. The Dutch team broke an Olympic record at the race, continuing the Netherlands' dominance in speedskating events.

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Newly elected Indian Olympic Association President Narayna Ramachandran, left, and members of the Indian Olympic team, Alpine skier Thakur Himanshu, second left, and luger Shiva Keshavan, center, listen to the Indian national anthem during a welcome ceremony at the Mountain Olympic Village on Feb. 16, during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. India returned to the Olympic fold after the IOC lifted a ban on the country's Olympic association, and its athletes will now be able to march behind the Indian flag at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games.

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Third-placed Bode Miller, right, of the United States, cries after the men's Alpine skiing super-G competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 16.

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A stray dog walks past the Olympic rings in Olympic Park, three days before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 3, in Sochi, Russia. A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press that it had a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics.

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A woman poses with a Sochi Olympic mascot while others take pictures of her during the women's preliminary round ice hockey game between Germany and Sweden on Feb. 11. The trio of mascots -- a hare, a polar bear and a cheetah -- were meant to represent speed, strength and agility, but were found to be creepy by many. The bear has come to be known as the "Nightmare Bear."

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Phil Kessel #81 of the United States celebrates after teammate Cam Fowler #3 scored a goal on Sergei Bobrovski of Russia in the second period during the men's ice hockey preliminary round group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Feb. 15, in Sochi, Russia. The matchup became an instant classic, harkening back to the "miracle on ice" victory in 1980.

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Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan bows after the flower ceremony for the figure skating men's free skating program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 14. Hanyu, whose hometown was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami in Japan, said, "This medal can't help the recovery in the region," he said. "I feel helpless here. I still feel like I'm not making a contribution." But now he has the platform to change that. "As an Olympic gold medalist," Hanyu said, "I think this can help as a starting point of what perhaps I can do."

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