The Olympics are a special event, one in which the athletes compete for something that is more than a mere individual prize, and it is because of that we often find ourselves and the athletes relishing in the moment a bit more. On day 1 of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we witnessed the first Olympic gold medal to be awarded in 2014, the first tears shed, some out of happiness, others of disappointment, and we also experienced some very heartwarming moments. It has long been stated that a picture is worth a 1,000 words and images from today's events in Russia proved that statement to hold meaning. Take a look at what the first day of the 2014 Sochi Olympics brought us.
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen raises his arms in triumph after claiming the gold medal in the biathlon men's sprint 10km during Day 1 of the Winter Olympics.
U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner blows a kiss as she awaits her score after competing in the team ladies' short program in Sochi.
Stefania Berton / Ondrej Hotarek
Figure skaters Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy anxiously await their score following their performance in the team pairs free skating during Day 1 of the Sochi Olympics.
Marit Bjoergen, Charlotte Kalla, Heidi Weng
Gold medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway, silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden, and bronze medalist Heidi Weng of Norway embrace each other in tears as they accept their respective medals for the cross-country women's skiathlon.
Brianna Decker of the U.S. women's hockey team comes to a stop fighting for a puck during her team's game against Finland on Day 1 of the Sochi Olympics.