Crash and burn: Sochi athletes take some terrifying tumbles
Falling from grace
Olympic athletes are used to falls and spills. They'd just prefer it to be during training than a gold medal final. Check out some of the more notable crashes so far at the Olympic Games. (Editor's note: None of the athletes depicted in following photos were seriously injured in the crashes)
Short-track speed skating is known for its spills and sometimes, it's not even your fault. South Korea's Park Se Yeong (C) slides in to Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt (L) in the men's short-track 1500m final.
AFP/Getty ImagesJUNG YEON-JE
Stop, drop and roll
US snowboarder Danny Davis rolls his way down the wall of the halfpipe during the men's halfpipe final.
AFP/Getty ImagesFRANCK FIFE
Watch it, I'm falling here!
Italy's Matteo Guarise accidentally takes a seat while his partner Nicole Della Monica tries not to run in to him in the pairs figure skating short program.
AFP/Getty ImagesYURI KADOBNOV
Two minutes for boarding
A referee slides into the boards between two players during the women's ice hockey match between Canada and USA.
AFP/Getty ImagesJONATHAN NACKSTRAND
A mogul to climb
Jussi Penttala of Finland goes airborne as he crashes out in the men's moguls qualification.
Getty ImagesCameron Spencer
No pain, no gain
Canada's Kevin Reynolds grimaces as he lands hard while competing during the men's figure skating short program
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Stefan Groothuis (L) of the Netherlands is left on his hands and knees after falling in the men's speed skating 500m.
Getty ImagesQuinn Rooney
The net result
Ioan Valeriu Achiriloaie of Romania slides into the safety net after crashing during training for the men's downhill event.
Getty ImagesDoug Pensinger
Excuse me, I think you're in my space
Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands and Se Young Park of South Korea collide against the boards in the short-track 1500m final.
Getty ImagesStreeter Lecka
The harder you fall
US figure skater Jeremy Abbott takes a tumble in the men's short program. He dusted himself off and finished his routine to the cheers of fans.
Getty ImagesRobert Cianflone
Wait, you're supposed to land feet first?
Russell Henshaw of Australia tumbles backward as he crashes out in the men's ski slopestyle finals.
Getty ImagesAl Bello
Track wardens try to jump out of the way as Fan Kexin of China crashes in to the wall in a women's 500m short-track speedskating semifinal.
The agony of defeat
Sometimes all you can do is watch. Norway's Marit Bjoergen, right, falls face first as Slovenia's Katja Visnar passes by during the women's semifinal heat of the cross-country sprint.
Too close for comfort
Hockey players are used to knocks and spills. Alexei Tereshchenko #27 of Russia goes for a different angle, crashing head first into the net in the game against Slovenia.
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Who needs pants?
Things are infinitely harder when you have a wardrobe malfunction on skis. Sweden's Henrik Harlaut landed hard in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying and lost his pants in the process.
It's not just the players who take some spills. A linesman leaps into the bench to get out of the way of play during the first period of a men's ice hockey game between Canada and Norway.
Upside-down and backwards
Speed skating can really turn you around. Monique Angermueller of Germany crashes during the women's 1,000-meter speedskating race.
I think I'll just stay here
Switzerland's Simon Ammann takes a bit of a breather on the course after crashing during a men's large hill ski jumping training session.