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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Part I

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After all the preparation and the opening ceremony, the 2014 Winter Olympics are well under way. More than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries are chasing medals in 98 events in 7 different sports, including newly added events like women's ski jumping and snowboard slopestyle. The games continue through February 23, and I'll be posting periodic updates of some of the best photos from Sochi. [42 photos total]

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France's Sebastian Lacroix soars through the air during a men's nordic combined training session in the ski jumping stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
France's Sebastian Lacroix soars through the air during a men's nordic combined training session in the ski jumping stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Estonia's Grete Gaim, wearing colored contact lenses, after crossing the finish line during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event in Rosa Khutor, on February 9, 2014. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #
Valentin Cretu of Romania takes part in a men's luge training at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi, Russia, on February 6, 2014. (Julian Finney/Getty Images) #
Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands and Se Young Park of South Korea collide in the Short Track Men's 1500m Final B on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 10, 2014. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) #
The Olympic Flame burns during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 11, 2014. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) #
Canada's Zina Kocher shoots during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event, on February 9, 2014. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
Spectators take pictures and wave Russian flags during the medal ceremony for the figure skating team ice dance free dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard) #
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, poses for a photograph with the Russian team after they placed first in the team figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 9, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
A track worker prepares the ice at the start area for the women's singles luge competition in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Sarah Reid of Canada starts a training run for the women's skeleton in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #
Competitors ski in the men's cross-country skiathlon event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 9, 2014. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin) #
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany compete in the pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
The starting gun is tested prior to the Speed Skating Women's 500m Run 1 of 2 during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 11, 2014. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #
Yvonne Daldossi of Italy, in the second heat of the women's 500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, on February 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #
Silver medallist Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands reacts after completing his second heat for the men's 500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
Gold medalist Irene Wust of Netherlands (center), silver medalist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic (left), and bronze medalist Olga Graf of Russia celebrate during the medal ceremony for the women's 3000 meters speed skating race, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/David Gray) #
Australia's Russell Henshaw (right) takes a jump during freestyle skiing slopestyle training in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser speeds down the course during the downhill run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler) #
Italy's Elena Fanchini gets tangled in the safety net after crashing in the first training session for the women's alpine skiing downhill event at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, on February 6, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Canada's Jennifer Jones watches the rock after releasing it during the women's curling training session in Sochi, on February 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #
A woman selling balloons waits for customers in front of a portrait of Lenin in Sochi, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard) #
Coaches perch in a tree to watch the downhill portion of the women's supercombined in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati) #
Julia Mancuso of the U.S. skis to win the silver medal in the women's supercombined in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati) #
Michelle Lowenhielm of Sweden scores the third goal against Jennifer Harss of Germany in the third period during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena, on February 11, 2014. (Mark Blinch/Getty Images) #
Ashley Wagner of the United States reacts to her score after competing in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program in the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 8, 2014. (Darren Cummings/Pool/Getty Images) #
Russia's Sergey Volkov falls in the Men's Freestyle Skiing Moguls qualifications at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 10, 2014. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images) #
Paraguay's Julia Marino walks collects her skis after crashing during the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle qualification event in Rosa Khutor, on February 11, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
The Russian women's ice hockey team huddles around the net before their game against Germany at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates his victory in the men's 1,500 meters short track speed skating finals event at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/David Gray) #
Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with Marianne St-Gelais after wiining the Short Track Men's 1500m Final, on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) #
Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe reacts in the finish area during the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition in Rosa Khutor, on February 8, 2014. She went on to win the gold medal in the event. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez) #
Silver medalist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada (left) and her sister, gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada hold hands during the flower ceremony following the Ladies' Moguls Final 3 at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 8, 2014. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) #
Shaun White of the U.S. crashes during the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor, on February 11, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
Sebastien Lepape of France leads the field in a men's 1500m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #
China's Liu Zhongqing crashes during freestyle skiing aerials training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova carries her smashed helmet after crashing during competition in the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 9, 2014. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images) #
Kevin Reynolds of Canada reacts with teammates and coaches after receiving his score in the Men's Figure Skating Men's Free Skate during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 9, 2014. (Darren Cummings/Pool/Getty Images) #
Sweden's Emil Joensson collapses after he took the bronze medal in the Men's Cross-Country Skiing Individual Sprint Free Final at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center, on February 11, 2014 in Rosa Khutor. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images) #
Winner Michel Mulder of the Netherlands celebrates with his national flag after the men's 500 meters speed skating race at the Adler Arena, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
Austria's Thomas Diethart reacts after he lands in the Men's Ski Jumping Normal Hill Individual Final Round at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, on February 9, 2014. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images) #
German Gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch celebrates during the medal ceremony after the women's alpine skiing super combined event, on February 10, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) #
Canada's Alex Bilodeau, left, celebrates with his brother Frederic after winning the gold medal in the men's moguls final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #

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