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Olympic Moments: Mikaela Shiffrin zooms to gold and more

Shiffrin powers to a win in the giant slalom, a flock of snowboarders takes flight and more highlights from day six of the Winter Olympics.

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Giant slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin leans into a turn at Yongpyong Alpine Center on Feb. 15, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 22-year-old American used a hard-charging final run to win the giant slalom Thursday for her second career Olympic title.

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Shiffrin celebrates her win.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom title at age 18. She will defend that title Friday.

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Multiple exposure...

Junshiro Kobayashi of Japan trains at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center in a multiple exposure.

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...not a multiple exposure

From left, France's Loan Bozzolo, Americans Mick Dierdorff and Hagen Kearney, Canada's Christopher Robanske, Germany's Paul Berg and Spain's Regino Hernandez compete in the men's snowboard cross qualifications at the Phoenix Snow Park.

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"Army of beauties"

Members of the North Korean cheering squad break into song before a preliminary round men's hockey game between the Czech Republic and South Korea.

The cheerleaders have been a fixture at games played by the unified Korean women's ice hockey team, which featured several players from the North, but this was the first time they have attended an Olympic event not featuring a North Korean athlete.

Dubbed in South Korea as the "army of beauties," the cheerleaders were attending the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between the two Koreas that some U.S. officials have warned against.

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Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria react in the finish area after winning the bronze medal in the team relay.

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Attacking Viking

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal takes air in the men's downhill.

Svindal became the oldest Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing by winning the event. The 35-year-old Norwegian was 0.12 seconds faster than silver medalist teammate Kjetil Jansrud.

Related: "Attacking Vikings" claim top two spots in Olympic men’s downhill

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American Air

Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the U.S. struggles to maintain control in the men's downhill event.

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Brian O'Neill of the U.S. scores past Slovenia goalkeeper Gasper Kroselj in a preliminary round match.

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Home team fans

South Korean fans cheer on South Korea's Lee Seung-Hoon in the men's 10,000m speed skating event at the Gangneung Oval.

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Pairs skating

Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Canada's Eric Radford compete in the pairs free skating event. 

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Ragnhild Haga of Norway celebrates her gold medal in the 10km freestyle. 



Players react as a puck shot by Norway's Ken Andre Olimb bounces off Sweden's Viktor Fasth, center, into the net in the men's preliminary round match. 

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Freestyle skiing

Kiley McKinnon of the U.S. competes in the women's aerials qualification. 

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Natalie Geisenberger of Germany slides past the crowd during the team relay.
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Pairs skating

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany celebrate their gold medal in the free skate.

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