Athletes who soared, stories that moved, and other highlights of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
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An All-American slopestyle skiing sweep
Joss Christensen (center), Gus Kenworthy (left), and Nick Goepper of the United States go 1-2-3 in the freestyle skiing slopestyle event.
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All hail the Winter Olympics king
Biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway cemented his place in Olympic history when team Norway won the mixed sprint event. Added to his earlier gold in the biathlon sprint puts Bjoerndalen's Olympic tally to 13 medals, besting countrymate Bjorn Daehlie's record as the winningest Winter Olympian of all time.
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Victor + Viktor = Victory for Russia
Parallel slalom snowboarder Vic Wild, left, and speedskater Viktor Ahn, are from the United States and South Korea, respectively. Combined, both athletes won their adopted country of Russia a total of five gold medals.
The Sochi Games were a nice swan song for the venerable hockey player. The 43-year-old scored two goals to help Finland shut out Team USA 5-0 in the bronze medal game and remains the oldest man to score a goal in the Olympics.
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Sage strikes first
Sage Kotsenburg of the United States had the distinct honor of winning the Games' first gold medal in the first snowboard slopestyle event of the Olympics. He later wished his medal was made of bacon.
A golden snowboard sweep
Jamie Anderson of the United States also earned gold in the Olympics' inaugural women's snowboard slopestyle event.
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If Dutch speedskating was its own country, it would come in sixth in total medal count. The Netherlands (including Sven Kramer, seen above) dominated speedskating in Sochi, winning 23 total medals (eight gold) in all events.
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Friend to creatures great and small
The American slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy won more than just sports fans when he started adopting some of Sochi's stray dogs.
A skiing phenom delivers on her golden promise
Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States became the youngest alpine skiing Olympic gold medalist of all time with her slalom win.
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The moustache trend, seen here on on gold medal-winning snowboarder Eva Samkova and Slovenia's skicross freestyler Filip Flisar was a definite win for styling upper lips.
T.J. Oshie during the US-Russia hockey match
T.J. Oshie became an instant sensation after the American made a sudden death shootout goal that lifted the US team over Russia, 3-2.
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Russian figure skating
The home team re-established its dominance on the figure skating world, winning gold in the inaugural team event, pairs skating (Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, seen above), and the ladies' individual event.
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Ligety gets his groove back
After poor showings in the super combined and the Super G, Ted Ligety raced two great runs to finish first in the giant slalom -- the first American to win two alpine skiing gold medals.
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Just plain good
Canada's hockey teams were dominant in the Olympics. The women made an incredible comeback to beat the US for gold and the men's team cruised through their games taking home gold with a 3-0 win over Sweden.
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Ice dancing perfection
Vancouver silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, America's best chance for Sochi Olympic gold, delivered two near-flawless routines and came out on top.
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Russia's Anton Gafarov is helped by Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth after crashing in the men's cross-country skiing individual sprint free semifinals. Wadsworth was applauded for showing the true spirit of the Olympics when he replaced Gafarov's ski so he could finish after breaking a ski in a crash.
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Lipnitskaia during the figure skating team event
So nerves got to the 15-year-old during the women's individual event. But Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia's dazzling team competition performances forced the world to sit up and take notice.
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The 27-year-old biathlete from Belarus won three gold medals in Sochi for the 10km pursuit, the 12.5 km mass start, and the 15km individual.
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The American elder statesman struggled through early events, but his bronze-medal win in the Super-G made him not only the most decorated American Olympic alpine racer, but at 36, the oldest alpine skier to medal at an Olympic games.
The Norwegian cross-country skier won three gold medals at the Sochi Games. The 33-year-old Bjoergen now has 10 Olympic medals, tying an all-time women's Winter Olympic record.
Old man winter, meet old man Winter Olympics
Between 40-year-old biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, 43-year-old Finnish hockey player Teemu Salanne, 36-year-old bronze medal-winning alpine skier Bode Miller, 39-year-old gold medal-winning Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, and Japan's 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai (pictured), who just won his first individual ski jumping medal (color: silver) in his SEVENTH Olympic Games, the old guard has done pretty well for themselves in Sochi.
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Hendrickson jumps into history
American Sarah Hendrickson's number-one bib made the 19-year-old the first woman to ski jump in Olympic competition. Carina Vogt of Germany won gold in the event.
The 27-year-old Wust from the Netherlands collected medals (two gold, three silver) in all five of her speedskating events.
Yolo: I-Pod dethrones White to win halfpipe gold
Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov landed his signature "Yolo" move during the halfpipe competition, unseating two-time champion Shaun White and winning Olympic gold.
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Alex Bilodeau defends gold, celebrates with brother
There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Alex Bilodeau of Canada won back to back gold in the men's moguls and celebrated with his big brother Frederic -- his greatest inspiration and his greatest fan.
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Russian choir 'Get Lucky'
One of the Games' biggest viral sensations came with this Russian police choir's rousing rendition of the Daft Punk hit.