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
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.
Organizers poke fun at the moment, recreating it during the
Biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen breaks the Winter Olympics medal
record, winning two golds at Sochi.
US figure skater Ashley Wagner, whose face launched a thousand
memes, thinks her short program was perfect...and then sees the
Baby-faced Yulia Lipnitskaya becomes a star in the less than
three minutes it takes her to complete her short program in the
Skating legend Evgeny Plushenko overcomes the constant pain of
multiple surgeries to win the team skating gold for Russia.
But then pulls out just minutes before the individual
Russian-born, Swiss-trained Iouri Podlatchikov – known as Ipod –
performs his unrivaled YOLO trick, handily beating
pre-competition favorite Shaun White.
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.
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.
Skeleton is dangerous enough as it is – and John Fairbairn’s
helmet wouldn’t let us forget it.
An innocent hoax about a wolf stalking the Sochi Olympic village
is picked up as a real story by the world’s media.
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.