The Best of the Vancouver Olympics

As the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games get underway, take a look back at the top athletes from around the world who competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

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As we look forward to the 2012 London Games, let's take a look back at the best moments from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. American Zach Parise reacts after scoring the game-tying goal in the third period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game against Canada. Click to see more highlights from the Vancouver Games.
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Team USA celebrates after Brian Rafalski (#28) scored past goalkeeper Martin Brodeur (#30) of Canada. Team USA pulled off its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980, stunning Canada 5-3 in the host country's signature sport to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Ryan Malone (#12) of the U.S. celebrates with his teammates after he scored past goalkeeper Miikka Kiprusoff (#34) of Finland during the ice hockey men's semifinal game between the U.S. and Finland. The U.S. won 6-1.
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The U.S. moved on to the finals and played for gold.
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Ultimately, the Canadian team scored first in sudden-death overtime. Zach Parise and Jack Johnson hang their heads after losing 3-2 to Canada in the men's gold medal ice hockey game. The team captivated America's attention by having the potential to be the next "Miracle on Ice."
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Dan Boyle (#22), Sidney Crosby (#87) and Chris Pronger (#20) of Canada celebrate with the gold medals won during the men's ice hockey gold medal match between the U.S. and Canada.
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Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz of the U.S. celebrate their gold medals for the men's four-man bobsled during the medal ceremony. This was the U.S.'s first gold medal in the event after a 64-year drought.
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Jeret "Speedy" Peterson of the U.S. took home the silver medal during the freestyle skiing men's aerials.
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Jeret Peterson of the U.S. took home the silver medal in the men's freestyle aerials final partly in thanks to his signature trick, "The Hurricane."
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Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados blocks a shot against the U.S. during the women's gold medal ice hockey game. The Canadians took home the gold with a 2-0 win.
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USA's Molly Engstrom reacts after Canada beat the U.S. 2-0 to win the women's gold medal in ice hockey.
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Nailed it! South Korea's Kim Yu-Na reacts after performing her free program, which had record-breaking scores and earned her the gold medal.
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Canada's Joannie Rochette, whose mother passed away days before her first skate, dedicated her bronze medal to her mom.
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Aoplo Anton Ohno, Team USA’s most decorated Winter Olympian, is shown here preparing for the men’s speedskating 500 m short track race.
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Sweden's Henrik Tallinder (#10) and Slovakia's Marcel Hossa (#91) battle for the puck during the third period of a men's quarterfinal round ice hockey game. Slovakia won 4-3.
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Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg speeds down the course during the second run of the women's giant slalom.
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If you've ever wondered what the view looks like from the ski jump, here's Giuseppe Michielli's perspective as he competes in the Nordic combined men's ski jumping event.
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Sarah Schleper was America's frontrunner in the women's giant slalom race after Lindsey Vonn's wipeout and Julia Mancuso's 18th place finish. She finished in 14th place.
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Jamie Langenbrunner of the USA's men's hockey team celebrates after defeating Switzerland 2-0 in a tense quarterfinal encounter.
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During the women's 3000 m relay finals short track skating competition, South Korea's Kim Min-Jung, front, clicks skates with China's Sun Linlin. South Korea and China are longtime rivals in this event.
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After Cho Ha-Ri ran a victory lap, South Korea was disqualified by referees for the clipped-skate move. Here the Chinese team reacts to the news that they became the gold medal winners as Cho Ha-Ri looks on.
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The disqualification also opened the door for the U.S. team of Allison Baver (center), Alyson Dudek, Lana Gehring and Katherine Reutter to capture the bronze medal with a time of 4:14.081. It is the first medal for the USA women in the relay race since 1994 when the Americans came in third.
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Anders Soedergren, Marcus Hellner, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson of Sweden celebrate winning the gold medal during the cross country skiing men's 4 x 10 km relay.
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Japan's Mao Asada reacts after performing her short program during the women's figure skating competition.
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Rachael Flatt of the U.S. eagerly awaits her scores after competing in the ladies' figure skating short program.
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And she likes what she sees! Flatt finished fifth for the night and proceeded to the finals in good form.
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Slovenia's Teodora Postic performs in the ladies' figure skating short program.
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Tore Vikingstad of Norway celebrates after scoring a goal against Slovakia during the men's ice hockey qualification playoff game.
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Russia's silver medal winner Ivan Skobrev kisses the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 10,000 m speed skating event.
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Canadian Joannie Rochette stole the show for courage, skating to third place in the ladies' short program just two days after her mother’s death from a heart attack. Rochette fought back tears as she prepped for her routine but then found her composure and finished strong.
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Canadian forward Joe Thornton (left), defence Drew Doughty (#8) and forward Dany Heatley (#15) celebrate their win over Germany in the men's ice hockey playoff game. Canada beat Germany 8-2.
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South Korea's Yu-Na Kim dominated on the ice in the women's short program. The world champion set a world's best with her electric "Bond Girl" performance, earning 78.50 points.
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South Korea's Yu-Na Kim reacts in the kiss-and-cry area after performing in the ladies' figure skating short program.
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Netherlands's Sven Kramer reacts as he crosses the finish line during the men's 10,000 m speed skating race. Kramer finished first, but...
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He learned shortly after his finish that he'd been disqualified for forgetting to switch a lane during the men's 10,000 m speed skating race.
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Kramer, visibly upset, gets ready to hurl his glasses in frustration as his coach looks on in the background.
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And they're off.
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The error sent the gold medal to South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon and left Kramer off the podium altogether.
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Canadian Scott Moir jumped to his feet after finding out he and partner Tessa Virtue scored 221.57 in the ice dance finals, enough to win the gold.
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Charlie White and Meryl Davis of the U.S. took silver in ice dance after delivering a theatrical performance.
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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada pose with their gold medals after winning the ice dance competition. Meryl Davies and Charlie White of USA (left) won silver, and Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia won bronze.
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Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the U.S. nearly won the bronze, but reigning world champions Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin of Russia earned higher marks.
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The U.S. women's ice hockey team celebrates victory over Sweden in the semifinals. They took on Canada in the finals.
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Team USA pulled off its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980, stunning Canada 5-3 in the host country's signature sport to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Team USA celebrates after Brian Rafalski (#28) of the U.S. scored past goalkeeper Martin Brodeur (#30) of Canada.
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USA's Chris Drury (#23) scores a goal past Canada's Dan Boyle (#22) in the second period.
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Canada outshot the U.S. 45-22 yet couldn't badly dent Miller, the goalie the Americans felt could best stand up to all of Canada's stars. U.S. goalkeeper Ryan Miller made 42 saves in the victory of a lifetime against Canada.
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U.S. skier Bode Miller won his first Olympic gold medal, using a blistering slalom run to complete a super-combined victory.
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Miller skied one of the fastest slalom legs for a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 44.92 seconds.
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Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno set Olympic history, winning his seventh medal to become the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.
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Apolo Anton Ohno gets ready for the start of the short-track speed skating men's semi-final.
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Apolo Anton Ohno skates during the short-track speed skating men's 1000 m final.
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Apolo Anton Ohno celebrates after winning bronze, his seventh Olympic medal, and becoming the most decorated Winter Olympian.
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Russia's Ivan Skobrev makes a face after the men's 1,500 m speed skating race.
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Shani Davis waves to the crowd during the flower ceremony after winning the silver medal in the men's 1500 m speed skating race.
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Shani Davis congratulates bronze medalist Havard Bokko of Norway as gold medal winner Mark Tuitert of Netherlands looks on.
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Shani Davis competes in the men's speed skating 1,500 m final.
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Lindsey Vonn does it again. Vonn medaled in the women's super G race, making it her second medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. speeds down the course during the women's super-G.
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Lindsey Vonn celebrates after finishing the women's super-G. Her performance earned her a bronze medal.
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This is what pain looks like. John Jackson, pilot for GBR-1, shows the scrapes on his back from crashing during the men's two-man bobsled competition.
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Latvian goalie Edgars Masalskis hits the ice, leaving the door wide open for Czech Republic forward David Krejci to score during a men's preliminary hockey game.
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Austria's Andrea Fischbacher reacts after finishing the women's super-G.
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Japan's Mari Motohasi has her eye on the prize as she releases a stone during the women's curling round robin against Great Britain.
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Gold medalist Shani Davis stretches during a training session to prepare for his next speed skating competition.
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We have one word: fierce. Team USA's ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto rock the figure skating compulsory ice dance, "Tango Romantica."
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Team USA's Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto strike a pose in the figure skating compulsory ice dance.
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Skiers take off at the start of the women's 15 km cross-country pursuit.
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Team USA's Eric Bernotas competes in the men's skeleton competition.
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Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev perform their compulsory dance during the ice dance figure skating competition.
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Eve Muirhead of Great Britain shouts instructions during the women's curling round robin match against Japan.
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Australian snowboarder Torah Bright celebrates her gold medal win in the women's halfpipe.
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Evan Lysacek raises the American flag during the victory ceremony after winning the gold medal in the men's figure skating free program.
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After a rocky warm up on the ice, Evan Lysacek nailed his free skate program.
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Lysacek celebrates after finishing his free skate.
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Lysacek crosses his fingers before hearing his results after performing in the men's figure skating free program.
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USA's Evan Lysacek celebrates after hearing his results at the end of his men's figure skating free program. Lysacek nailed it and the results placed him in the lead, but he wouldn't know if it was enough to win gold for another 30 minutes. (It was.)
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Lysacek congratulates silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, who was leading going into the men's figure skating free skate program. Plushenko was less gracious. "What is now is not men’s figure skating; it is dancing,” the Russian said in a dig at Lysacek for winning without doing a quad jump.
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Silver medalist Russia's Evgeny Plushenko competes in the men's figure skating free program.
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Hannah Teter of the U.S. reacts after winning the silver medal in the women's snowboard halfpipe final.
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Kelly Clark of the U.S. celebrates after nailing her second run during the women's snowboard halfpipe final. Her performance was enough to earn her a bronze medal for the event.
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Scott Lago and Shaun White celebrate their medal victories. Lago took home the bronze, and White the gold, for the men's halfpipe.
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A very stoked Shaun White jumps fellow Team USA snowboarder Scott Lago after the men's halfpipe competition.
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Team USA's Scott Lago and Shaun White celebrate their double win.
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Shaun White embraces his mother Cathy after winning the men's snowboard halfpipe competition.
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U.S. snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler smiles during competition in the women's snowboard halfpipe.
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The USA-3, piloted by Mike Kohn, right, and his brakeman Bill Schuffenhauer, practice during a men's two-man bobsled training run.
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Norway's Thomas Ulsrud delivers the stone in a match against Germany during a curling round robin match.
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Japan's Miki Ando stretches before a figure skating practice session.
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USA's Lindsey Vonn celebrates after finishing her run in the women's downhill event. After going public with a painful injury, Vonn was able to heal and ended up winning a gold medal.
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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts after completing the downhill portion of the women's super combined.
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USA's gold medal winner Lindsey Vonn celebrates during the flower ceremony for the women's downhill.
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USA's Shani Davis reacts after finishing first in the men's 1,000 m speed skating race at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
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Davis celebrates his Olympic gold medal on the podium.
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China's Zhou Yang, right, leads in front of Italy's Arianna Fontana, left, and South Korea Cho Ha-Ri, center back, during the third race of the women's 500 m quarterfinals short track skating competition.
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Officials try to separate players as Slovakia goalie Jaroslav Halak sits on the ice after he stopped a shot by the Czech Republic in the first period of a men's ice hockey preliminary game.
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The U.S. bobsled USA-3, piloted by Mike Kohn, practices during a training run for the men's two-man bobsled.
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South Korea's gold medalist Sang-Hwa Lee reacts during the women's 500 m speedskating medal ceremony.
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Gold medalists Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger of Austria compete during the final run of the men's doubles luge competition.
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China's Wang Meng reacts after winning the gold medal in the women's 500 m short track skating competition.
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Switzerland's Simon Ammann passes by a captive balloon as he makes an attempt during an official practice session for the men's large hill individual ski jumping event.
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Shaun White of the U.S. struck gold in the snowboard men's halfpipe final.
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Shaun White celebrates his gold medal win with fellow American Scott Lago, who took the bronze in the men's snowboard halfpipe final.
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Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. practices during skeleton training.
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Bobby Ryan celebrates after he scored the first goal during the ice hockey men's preliminary game between the U.S. and Switzerland. The U.S. won 3-1.
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Patrick Plys, father of Chris Plys, a member of the U.S. men's curling team, painted his face in support of his son.
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Darya Domracheva of Belarus stands as fellow competitors lie exhausted after finishing the women's biathlon 10 km.
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A bullet shell bursts out of his gun as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway takes steady aim during the men's biathlon 12.5 km pursuit.
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Don't blink! The U.S. team warms up during the men's short track training session.
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Wicky Wacky Woo! Norway's curling team, dressed in boffo uniforms, releases the stone during a men's round robin game.
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Shaun White of the U.S. makes a jump during a training session for the halfpipe competition.
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An athlete skies through the trees in the women's biathlon 10 km pursuit.
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Norway's Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland, Sweden's Helena Jonsson, France's Marie Dorin and Bulgaria's Liudmila Kalinchik race in the women's biathlon 10 km pursuit.
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Competitors litter the slopes during the women's biathlon 10 km pursuit.
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U.S.'s Caydee Denney gets tossed by partner Jeremy Barrett during the figure skating pairs short program.
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Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig of the U.S. perform during the figure skating pairs free program.
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How do the skeleton athletes stop? Shinsuke Tamaya of Japan shows us. A pile of foam placed in the finish area stops him at the end of a training run.
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Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig of the U.S. react to their scores after competing in the figure skating pairs free skate program.
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China's Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo react after receiving the highest score, to win gold, for performing their pairs free program during the figure skating competition.
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Shannon Bahrke of the U.S. sticks her tongue out while jumping the second ramp during the women's moguls freestyle skiing final at Cypress Mountain.
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Sweden's Charlotte Kalla reacts after winning the gold medal for the women's 10 k cross-country race.
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Erik Guay of Canada competes in the alpine skiing men's downhill at Whistler Creekside.
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Swiss Didier Defago celebrates finishing first in the men's downhill alpine skiing event.
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U.S.'s Graham Watanabe runs the course during the men's snowboard SBX qualifications at Cypress Mountain.
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Apollo Anton Ohno celebrates his silver medal victory in the men's 1,500 m short track event.
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China's Qing Pang and Jian Tong show off a nice toss during the figure skating pairs short program.
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Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada celebrates becoming Olympic moguls champion and the first Canadian to earn a gold medal during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
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Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada jumps during his moguls qualifications run.
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Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov are perfectly in sync during the figure skating pairs short program.
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Felix Loch of Germany celebrates his gold-medal finish during the final run of the men's singles luge competition.
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Germany's Aliona Savchenko shows off her flexibility (in a mime costume no less!) with partner Robin Szolkowy during their short program in the figure skating pairs competition.
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Russia's Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov react after receiving their score for performing their short program.
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Guilbaut Colas of France goes upside down during the moguls qualifications
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Jason Lamy Chappuis of France takes the gold medal during the Nordic combined individual normal hill 10 km.
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Silver medalist Armin Zoeggler of Italy reacts after a run in the men's luge singles.
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Finland's Janne Ryynaenen competes in the men's Nordic combined individual normal hill ski jumping event.
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Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada gets some major air underneath him during the qualifications of the men's freestyle moguls event.
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Team USA's Tony Benshoof prepares to start in the men's singles luge training session.
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Miki Ito of Japan gets some nice air during the women's moguls freestyle skiing qualification.
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Canada's Kristi Richards goes airborne off the second ramp during a practice session for women's moguls freestyle skiing.
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Evan Lysacek from Team USA performs during a figure skating training session at Pacific Coliseum.
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Russia's Svetlana Sleptsova reacts during the women's 7.5 km sprint at Whistler Olympic Park.
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Switzerland's Simon Ammann competes in the men's ski jumping final at Whistler Olympic Park.
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Simon Ammann of Switzerland is congratulated by a team member after the men's ski jumping final.
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Ammann of Switzerland took the gold medal on day two of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
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Swedish goalie Kim Martin deflects a shot by Darcia Leimgruber of Switzerland during the first period of their women's ice hockey preliminary game.
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Vancouver looks ablaze as fireworks erupt over BC Place at the end of the first ever indoor Opening Ceremony.
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Canada's Steve Nash, who plays in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, carries the Olympic torch to light the flame at the Opening Ceremony.
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Canadian Steve Nash, who plays basketball for the Phoenix Suns, helps light the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony.
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A Canadian athlete lets out a yell during the Opening Ceremony.
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The Opening Ceremony fireworks are seen bursting against the Vancouver skyline.
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Performers dance around a stage grandly decorated with maple leaves and autumnal lighting.
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Fans eagerly await the arrival of the torch for the lighting of the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony.
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Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as he holds the Olympic flame after lighting the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony.
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A crowd watches the Opening Ceremony fireworks display after the lighting of the flame.
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Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky waves to the crowd after lighting the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony.
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Performers represent Canada's fiddling tradition with autumnal maple leaves falling during the Opening Ceremony.
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Canadian wheelchair athlete and paralympian Rick Hansen carries the torch into the Opening Ceremony.
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Pretty cool, eh? Members of the Canadian Winter Olympic team check out photos as they wait in the athlete's preparation before entering the arena.
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A snowboarder jumps through the Olympic rings during the Opening Ceremony.
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An acrobat is suspended during the Opening Ceremony at BC Place.
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The Opening Ceremony had its own aerials as acrobats portrayed skiers and snowboarders gliding down the mountain.
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Canadian basketball player Steve Nash lights the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony.
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Dancers perform around a spirit bear covered in LED lights.
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Canadian rock stars Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams sing surrounded by indigenous performers during the Opening Ceremony.
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Skaters encircle a giant mountain during the Opening Ceremony.
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