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Our Ultimate Sochi Highlights Post In Pictures, Videos And GIFs

Our Ultimate Sochi Highlights Post In Pictures, Videos And GIFs
By Paul O'Hara
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Opening ceremony ring misfires, closing ceremony pokes fun

The fifth snowflake never expanded into a ring, but the person responsible wasn't stabbed to death, as was reported shortly after...

He's very much alive, and has a decent sense of humour, as shown at the closing ceremony...

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Here he is with his new t-shirt.




Sean Greenwood's high-speed crash and recovery

Irish skeleton hopeful Sean Greenwood lost it on a corner, but held onto the sled and somehow managed to land back on it. He finished some 11 seconds behind, but he finished, damn it.




Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin share gold in the women's downhill skiing

Apparently they could have been split by thousandths of a second, but that would have been crap altogether.





This ridiculous photo finish in the ski-cross semi-final

It's a good thing medals weren't at stake for this, but a place in the final was up for grabs for the first two finishers.



Of the four skiers in the race, only Armin Niederer of Switzerland finished upright.



Egor Korotkov of Russia on the far side of this GIF qualified in 2nd.



Siblings  win medals in the same event

Canadian sisters Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe claimed gold and silver, respectively, in the skiing moguls...

while the Dutch twins Michael and Ronald Mulder won gold and bronze in the 500m speed skating.




Rob Ford going mental after Canada's hockey victories

The crackpot mayor of Toronto went justifiably crazy after Canada's women took the gold in ice hockey...

...and then delightedly banged his crotch off a fire hydrant when the men did likewise.



David Attenbrough's curling commentary

The man never fails to delight.




We've already mentioned the rings mishap, but gripes about the host venue lessened as the fortnight wore on. However, there were enough issues in the run-up to the games to spawn #SochiProblems, mainly as a means of discrediting the Games as a result of Russia's stance on LGBT rights.

The games were some $40 billion over budget, making Sochi the most expensive Olympics of all. High temperatures were a constant threat to snow levels and quality- it was warmer in Sochi at one stage, than it was in London the night Usain Bolt won the 100 metres title in 2012.


There were stray dogs, dodgy-looking water, intimately-designed bogs, and a wolf roaming the corridors of the athletes' accommodation. That last one was a hoax, of course, but it was initially very believable, such was the extent of the negative press.


Athletes making great use of Tinder altogether

We already knew that the Olympic has always been a massive orgy away from the competition venues, so it was no surprise when US snowboarder Jamie Anderson described Tinder use as "next level" in the athletes' village.



Another Games appearance for Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe

The 55-year-old prince and pop singer, who was born in Mexico but lives in Liechtenstein, made his Winter Games debut in Sarajevo in 1984. Here he tells another ageing publicity-seeker that Sochi would be his last Olympics.




Bjoerndalen does it again

The 40-year-old "King of the Biathlon" won his thirteenth Olympic medal when he claimed golds in the men's sprint and the team relay event. The Norwegian is now the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.



Shaun White's fourth place shocks the snowboarding world

"The Flying Tomato" cut his long locks and went into the Games on the back of an  injury-plagued preparation. Once the king of freestyle snowboarding, his failure to win gold wasn't massively shocking, but his failure to bag a medal of any colour certainly was.



Hanyu breaks skating world record, Plushenko breaks Russian hearts

The 19-year-old from Japan broke the figure skating short program world record to a very familiar tune, and was all but assured  of the gold when his main rival and Russian favourite Evgeni Plushenko pulled out due to injury on the eve of the competition. Haryu made no mistake in his final display.



Canada III slip up..

...and slide a good deal of the track on with heads on the ice, reaching speeds of up to 93mph along the way.


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