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Iconic images of Sochi 2014: How we'll remember the XXII Winter Olympics

Published time: February 24, 2014 01:09
Edited time: February 25, 2014 08:42
Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia competes during the figure skating team ladies' free skating at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. (Reuters / Brian Snyder)

Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia competes during the figure skating team ladies' free skating at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. (Reuters / Brian Snyder)

Every Olympic host aims to make its Games memorable with marketing and the right amount of pomp. But sometimes the most iconic moments just simply...happen.

One of the Olympic rings fails to light up during the opening ceremony, giving Sochi 2014 its own playful logo.

Participants march by as one of the Olympic Rings fails to completely illuminate during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. (Reuters / Phil Noble)


Organizers poke fun at the moment, recreating it during the closing ceremony.

Performers form the Olympic rings during a show at the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Eric Gaillard)


Biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen breaks the Winter Olympics medal record, winning two golds at Sochi.

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes in the Men's Biathlon 12,5 km Pursuit at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014 in Rosa Khutor near Sochi. (AFP Photo / Odd Andersen)


US figure skater Ashley Wagner, whose face launched a thousand memes, thinks her short program was perfect...and then sees the judges' scores.

US Ashley Wagner reacts in the "Kiss and Cry" zone after performing in the Women's Figure Skating Team Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014. (AFP Photo Pool / Darron Cummings)


Baby-faced Yulia Lipnitskaya becomes a star in the less than three minutes it takes her to complete her short program in the team competition.

Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia waves after performing in the Women's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (AFP Photo Pool / Darron Cummings)


Skating legend Evgeny Plushenko overcomes the constant pain of multiple surgeries to win the team skating gold for Russia.

Russia's Yevgeni Plushenko celebrates after performing in the Men's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)


But then pulls out just minutes before the individual competition.

Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko waves to the crowd during a warm-up at the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. (AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)


Russian-born, Swiss-trained Iouri Podlatchikov – known as Ipod – performs his unrivaled YOLO trick, handily beating pre-competition favorite Shaun White.

Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov competes in the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Semifinals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014. (AFP Photo / Franck Fife)


Sochi is the warmest city to ever host the Winter Games, confusing visitors every time they descended from the ski slopes to the palm-tree lined streets.

Reuters / Phil Noble

So much so that the Canadians can be seen showing off their resistance to the cold.

It's not clear who started, but everyone followed suit!

Canada’s women’s hockey team comes back from 2-0 down to defeat principal rival USA in overtime, in what was arguably the most thrilling match of the Games.

Canada's players celebrate after winning the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game between Canada and USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Jung Yeon-Je)


Skeleton is dangerous enough as it is – and John Fairbairn’s helmet wouldn’t let us forget it.

Canada's John Fairbairn takes part in a men Skeleton official training at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 10, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)


An innocent hoax about a wolf stalking the Sochi Olympic village is picked up as a real story by the world’s media.

Screenshot from youtube video by user katehansen92


Three simultaneous wipeouts during the quarter-finals of men’s ski cross produce the slowest photo finish in history.

A giant polar bear extinguishes the Olympic flame – an homage to the 1980 Moscow Games.

The polar bear mascot extinguishes the Olympic Flame during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. (AFP Photo / Andrej Isakovic)

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