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The most memorable moments of the Sochi Olympics
Embedded video_content_type: Sotnikova tops Yuna Kim, wins ladies' figure skating title
Embedded video_content_type: Russians clinch most medals of Games
Embedded video_content_type: Davis, White break down their free dance
Embedded video_content_type: Canada makes country proud with gold
Embedded video_content_type: Finland crushes U.S. men's hockey 5-0
Embedded video_content_type: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's best Olympic moments
Embedded video_content_type: Halfpipe sweepers give touching tribute to Sarah Burke
Embedded video_content_type: Mikaela Shiffrin on her long day's journey to gold
Embedded video_content_type: Ligety comes through with gold in giant slalom
Embedded video_content_type: Total domination by the Netherlands in speed skating
Embedded video_content_type: USA's Meyers, Williams get bobsled silver
Embedded Video_content_type: Noelle Pikus-Pace 'Couldn't Get To Her Family Fast Enough'
Embedded video_content_type: Expat Vic Wild, wife Alena Zavarzina both make PGS podium
Oshie’s Island: The Olympics have a way of making stars out of relatively unknown athletes, and hockey is no exception. When the U.S. and Russia went to a shootout in preliminary men’s action, the U.S. didn’t turn to big names like Patrick Kane, Zach Parise or Phil Kessel. Instead, it was T.J. Oshie who put the team on his back, making four of six penalty shots to lift the Americans after three regulation periods and one overtime session weren’t enough.
Embedded video_content_type: T.J. Oshie plays hero in shootout for U.S.
Yulia rules: Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15, wowed her home crowd and the world in the team figure skating event – even Russian President Vladimir Putin was impressed. She faltered in the individual event, but created a lasting impression and big hops for her future.
Embedded video_content_type: Yulia Lipnitskaya mesmerizes in figure skating team event
I-Pod shuffles Shaun White’s legacy: As Sochi approached, Shaun White wasn’t just attempting to set a record by becoming the first U.S. Winter Olympian to gain gold in the same event three straight times. The snowboarding icon was also trying to stretch his limits by shooting for a medal in snowboard slopestyle. Those ambitions faded as a wrist injury prompted him to drop slopestyle, then were dashed as he struggled in the halfpipe competition and finished off the medal podium. Instead, Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov won halfpipe gold with his signature “YOLO” trick.
Embedded video_content_type: I-Pod wins snowboarding halfpipe, Shaun White places fourth
Sage brings the 'Spoice': While White’s Olympics ended in disappointment and uncertainty, the sport saw new faces emerge – not to mention the explosion of the term “spoice.” Kaitlyn Farrington and Jamie Anderson won hearts, but Sage Kotsenburg blew minds.
Embedded video_content_type: TODAY: America's slopestyle star Sage Kotsenburg
Bode Miller's tearful bronze: In what is likely his last Olympics, 36-year-old Bode Miller missed the podium in his first two events in Sochi, but rebounded in the super-G with a typically Bode run - risky and at the limits of his own control - to win bronze. Afterward his emotions bubbled over, and he wept openly in in front of the press, then was consoled by his wife, Morgan. His show of emotion and thoughtfulness were a stark contrast from his younger, brasher days.
Embedded video_content_type: Bode Miller claims sixth Olympic medal
Triumph, disapointment for Plushenko: After a sterling performance in the team competition helped earn a gold medal for Russia, Yevgeny Plushenko's storied career ended abruptly – and dubiously – when he withdrew from the men’s competition with an injury.
Embedded video_content_type: Breaking down Yevgeny Plushenko's sudden retirement
A slew of injuries: Plushenko was hardly the only athlete to be hurt; competitors’ from may disciplines suffered scary injuries, and some, like that of Russian ski cross racer Maria Komissarova were tragic and life-threatening. Arielle Gold went as far as to upload a video of the fall that dislocated her shoulder, providing an example of how social media is opening up another avenue of “access.”
Embedded video_content_type: Hard fall takes Arielle Gold out of women's snowboarding halfpipe
Weird weather: Most people don’t think sunshine and palm trees when they think Winter Olympics, but that is what Sochi has offered so far. Warm temperatures have allowed some athletes to compete in short sleeves, and some fans to wear no shirts at all.
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Hanyu hangs on: It wasn’t a perfect performance by Yuzuru Hanyu, but he won Japan’s first men’s figure skating title nonetheless – and continuing the “Canadian Curse” in the process, as Patrick Chan finished with silver.
Embedded video_content_type: Yuzuru Hanyu stumbles but hangs on to gold in men's figure skating
German’s sweep the luge: German lugers swept all of their events in Sochi, and the put an exclamation point on that impressive run by winning the first-ever team relay.
Embedded video_content_type: German lugers stay golden in Sochi
Viktor Ahn wins for Russia: Viktor Ahn, who represented South Korea at the 2006 Torino Olympics, became the first man to win gold for two different countries by winning Russia’s first speed skating medal. Ahn missed Vancouver due to injury, then emigrated to Russia after a dispute with South Korea's skating officials. He won won three golds and a bronze in Sochi to tie Apolo Ohno as the most decorated short track skater in Olympic history, with eight medals.
Embedded video_content_type: Ahn secures Russia first short track gold
Johnny Quinn breaks through: There were plenty of viral moments during these Games, many of which were created by the athletes’ performances while out of competition. Naturally, Twitter was the medium for most of this to happen, and few used it to create as much buzz for their off-the-field antics quite like Johnny Quinn.
Embedded video_content_type: Johnny Quinn explains how he escaped from a hotel bathroom in Sochi
Wild sliders: The sliding sports created some of the most bizarrely frightening moments. That included a shocking crash and immediate recovery from Indian luger Shiva Keshavan.
Embedded video_content_type: Indian luger Shiva Keshavan crashes, then makes amazing save
It also included Irish skeleton racer Sean Greenwood going airborne on his sled, crashing, and also somehow still finishing his run.
Embedded video_content_type: Irish skeleton slider goes airborne, hits ice, but still finishes
Not to mention Brazilian women's bobsled team, which somehow avoided injury after a nasty crash of its own.
Embedded video_content_type: Brazilian women endure brutal bobsled crash
It wasn't just crashes that created viral moments at the Sanki Sliding Center, as U.S. luger Kate Hansen got noticed for her Beyonce-inspired pre-race dance routines.
Embedded video_content_type: Kate Hansen explains pre-race dance routine
Even Al Roker and Matt Lauer got in on the luge action.
Embedded video_content_type: TODAY: Matt Lauer, Al Roker return to the luge
Olga’s oops: Of course, there was Russian skater Olga Graf, who got a little too wrapped up in the moment after winning bronze in the women’s 3000m, nearly flashing the audience in the process.
Embedded video_content_type: Olga Graf's wardrobe malfunction after women's 3000m
Bearly fitting: Sochi’s polar bear mascot provided lots of levity in the second half of the Olympics (where was it during the first week?), beginning with a moment in which it could not fit into a mini-van.
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Then NBCSN's Keith Jones celebrated happier times for the fuzzy beast.
Embedded video_content_type: Keith Jones auditioning for mascot gig
Russian police do 'Get Lucky': For all the grandeur on display at Sochi’s Opening Ceremony, The Police Choir of Russia’s rendition of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” was the highlight for many.
Embedded video_content_type: Russian Police Choir performs 'Get Lucky' at Opening Ceremony
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