An individual winning a gold medal at the Olympics is a huge achievement, but nothing is like being on a team that gets the gold. This picture shows us the truth: When the team succeeds, everyone is thrilled.
The Russian hockey team worked together to bring down the assumed gold-medal Germans in a 4-3 overtime victory, shocking the world – the German team had bulldozed all of their other opponents. After this wild celebration on the ice, you can be sure that an afterparty the likes of wish they’ve never seen took place, with all the vodka they could drink.
A Moment of Passion
This article has plenty of images of people pulling a face or making a move that would eventually get the gold, but not all of them. Some are big, stinking failures, but this picture shows us something in between. Slovenia's Zan Kosir won the bronze in the parallel giant slalom.
While most of us would be plenty happy with a bronze medal, Kosir wasn't, and when he found out the results, he threw his helmet to the ground. We got this great picture in the split-second the helmet is in the air, and Kosir certainly doesn't look happy. Hopefully, he's come to appreciate his bronze.
An Airborne Trio
Any race, especially during the Olympics, is going to have an undeniable competitive nature. Thanks to this picture, we can see that none of the competitors in the ski cross event are willing to let their fellow athletes get too far ahead, even if it means taking the exact same flight path.
However, these individuals are just practicing. It looks like the one in the yellow ski suit is moments away from getting his teeth knocked out. Still, in all likelihood, this is camera trickery, and the skiers are distant enough to maintain safety—no sense in getting hurt before you're even going for the gold.
At Least They Have the Bears
The Korean women's hockey team, which was composed of members from both North and South Korea, didn't last very long. They fell to the Japanese team with a painful 4-1 team. At the end of the game, the audience members took to tossing stuffed bears – one of the mascots of the games.
The picture has two members of the Korean team consoling each other, aware they're going home in disgrace – but the image is certainly an odd one, with the athletes carrying a few of the bears while embracing.
A Little Close for Comfort
There's no doubt that the Winter Olympics are one of the most broadcasted and captured events every four years, so pictures of every event give us something to marvel at. Every once in a while, a cameraman gets closer than he expected to the athletic action.
Skier Maddie Bowman from Team US got a crazy close-up from the cameraman on the left side of this picture, and we're lucky to have a picture of the interaction. Unfortunately, Bowman didn't wow in her chosen event, failing all three of her finals. Still, she has the picture...to remind her of her failure.