Sweden and Finland are where the Vikings came from, sort of. They’re cold-weather countries that love their hockey, too, which means that when they meet in the Olympics, you know that the gloves are going to fly. If you aren’t throwing a few punches while you’re on the ice, you probably aren’t playing hockey right.
In this picture, Finland’s Veli-Matti Savinainen and Sweden’s Patrik Hersley got into a fight in a preliminary, and the top-down camera gave us a good look at the action. Sweden won the duel of the European countries three to one. Thankfully the hockey rules don’t allow horned helmets anymore.
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.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
The Olympic rivalry between Team US and Canada is intense for several reasons. Both have had a good deal of success, and it isn't that uncommon to see both countries in the finals of many events, especially during the winter. Hockey, in particular, is one that has plenty of emotions attached to it, and the women's hockey teams got into a spat in the preliminary round.
It turned into a large brawl, and referee Jenni Heikkinen got caught in the middle. She eventually split the teams up, and the game was able to continue. Canada squeaked into the next round, beating Team US 2-1.
Nothing Will Stop Them
Now here's a crash that destroyed the German team's chance at a medal in the two-person bobsled, surely. The two members, Nico Walther and Christian Poser suffered a bad spill during one of their runs, and you can even see them doing everything in their power, including righting the sled, to continue their run.
The effort was, in the end, futile, and the run was a waste. Believe it or not, however, not only did they go on to do rather well, this two-person team went on to win the silver medal! Bobsledding uses an aggregate of multiple runs, so it wasn't an immediate DQ, but they had to perform flawlessly for a chance...which they did.
It's Fun to Win at the Olympics
Here's a question for you. Why is the Swiss skiing team all doing the “M” from the YMCA song? Whether it's before, and they're all hoping to make it to the podium, or it's after their events are all done, and they're celebrating their success, M must stand for medals.
The first person to pull this pose at the Olympics was Mo Farah, a British long-distance runner and the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. He won tons and tons of medals for queen and country, putting his hands on his head in this way to celebrate himself. Plenty of other athletes picked it up.