Sliding across packed snow at top speeds with nothing but a thin piece of plastic between you and snow burns makes snowboarding a surprisingly dangerous sport, even when you’re the best in the world. Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot knows this better than most, and this picture shows why.
He fell and crashed while competing in the slopestyle event, and the world held its breath to learn how badly he had been hurt. Thankfully, Parrot was unscathed except for his pride. He even went on to earn himself a shiny silver medal in the same event. Ah, the unstoppable willpower of the athlete who is determined to win. There’s nothing like it.
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.
A Fierce Look
In recent decades, the world has shrunk. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically. We're able to watch people eat lots of food in Japan, dance at a funeral in Ghana, or fall on their face in Ireland. This picture also has to do with Ghana since it features Akwasi Frimpong, the first Ghanaian to compete in the skeleton event.
After only two years of competing, Frimpong made it to the Olympics. While his performance didn't garner much attention, his outfit, including a helmet with a snarling lion, was the talk of the town for a little while. Is there somewhere we can get our own?
Piledriver on the Ice
Hockey is sometimes described as a fight on ice skates, and when you're performing for a gold medal on the world stage, tempers and fists can fly. So is the case in this picture, which shows the moments after Russia's Artyom Zub body-checked Germany's David Wolf, right in front of the German bench.
A fight broke out in moments, and it took some time for the referees to settle everyone down and get the game started again. The German team's woes weren't over just yet, since Russia went on to beat them four to three in overtime. Bad luck for the Germans.