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Most touching and emotional moments of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

Published time: February 23, 2014 14:54
Edited time: February 23, 2014 15:52
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The quest for Olympic gold has more than once been paved in a trail of tears, and Sochi 2014 has proven no exception, with some of the Games' most heartfelt and heart wrenching moments coming in victory as well as defeat.

The ecstasy of a life changing performance can come over an athlete like a storm

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova reacts at the end of her program during the Figure Skating Women's free skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 20, 2014. (Reuters / David Gray)

And then the indescribable joy when the judges score cards reflect what you knew in your heart to be true...

You are an Olympic champion!

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova celebrates in first place, Korea's Yuna Kim stands in second place and Italy's Carolina Kostner stands in third place on the podium during the Figure Skating Women's free skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 20, 2014. (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk)

But for every young star who rises, a legend learns that time and tide eventually catch up with us all

Evgeni Plushenko, who has withdrawn from the men's figure skating competition at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi due to a back injury. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

And your body starts to tell you, 'champ, it might be time to hang it up'

But that's okay, the joy you brought to the world won't soon be forgotten

Because as one champion and his brother taught us, the Olympics are all about the love

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau (L) embraces his brother Frederic after the men's freestyle skiing moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014. (Reuters / Mike Blake)

About sharing your trials and tribulations with those we are blessed enough to call family

Winner Canada's Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic celebrate following the freestyle skiing moguls competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014. (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Or shedding your tears with your teammates when Olympic glory is overshadowed by tragedy

Winner Maiken Caspersen Falla (L) of Norway and her team mate, second placed Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (C) comfort Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen after competing in the women's cross-country sprint free final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

And you feel like you can't make it on your own

When victory is bittersweet, it can be hard to find the world's eye on you

Third-placed Bode Miller (R) of the U.S. cries after the men's alpine skiing Super-G competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Cente February 16, 2014. (Reuters / Mike Segar)

Just as the world will surely come to your defense when they feel one of their hero's has been pushed past the breaking point

Because really, sometimes they just keep pushing

But relax! We're all just human, and life is going to get the best of us from time to time

The important thing is you keep pushing on. Some of us will become world champions through our grit and determination

But sometimes the real joy comes in embracing the spirit of competition and the will to persevere 'til the end

Switzerland's Dario Cologna (R) smiles as Peru's Roberto Carcelen and Nepal's Dachhiri Sherpa (L) embrace after crossing the finish line in the men's cross-country 15km classic event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

It's true, even the best of us are going to get knocked down from time to time

Russia's Anton Gafarov lies on the ground after crashing in the men's cross-country sprint semi-final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. (Reuters / Stefan Wermuth)

And then out of the blue, a stranger comes to lend a helping hand

Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth fastens a ski to the foot of Russian athlete Anton Gafarov (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)

So if the Games teach us anything, it's that we should stay humble, because we never know when it's going to be our turn

Because life, like the Olympics, can be a rocky road from time to time

Jamaica-1 two-man bobsleigh pilot Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon compete in the Bobsleigh Two-man Heat 3 at the Sliding Center Sanki during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

But in the end, we have every reason to celebrate

Because if the Jamaicans can have a bobsled team

Then, really, anything is possible!


For that which you strived your whole life to achieve can come to pass in a moment

and a moment can come to define a lifetime.

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