From controversial to heartwarming, Sochi 2014 has definitely been proven to be one of the most interesting Winter Games- which is why we’ve listed eight of our favorite Sochi victories.
1. Steven Holcomb Wins Bronze Twice for Bobsledding
After bringing home gold in Vancouver and ending a 62-year drought, Team USA’s bobsledding driver Steven Holcomb made history again bringing home two bronze medals for two-men and later four-men bobsledding.
2. Team Canada’s Hockey Victories
Watching Team Canada’s redemption and triumph after being dominated on the ice for 56 minutes was exciting and absolutely surreal. It’s fair to say, everyone in Canada was on the edge of their seats when Marie-Phillipe Poulin unexpectedly tied the game with 55 seconds left, then won it with a power play goal 8:10 minutes into overtime. To make the victory even sweeter, on Sunday, their male counterparts dominated Sweden bringing home gold after their 3-0 victory.
3. France Ski Cross Triple Victory
Jean-Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol swept gold, silver and bronze in an epic finish. Midol skid towards the finish line after losing his balance to claim his bronze medal.
4. US Teen Mikaela Shiffrin Nabs Slalom Gold
18 year old Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history as the youngest winner to take home an Olympic slalom gold.
5. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova Wins Gold
A controversial win by 17-year old Russian figure skater as she beats Gold medalist favourite Yuna Kim (South Korea) with five points. Many, including US figure skater Ashley Wagner described ‘Ice Queen’ Yuna’s loss as a result of home-ice favoritism.
6. Norwegian 'Iron Lady' Marit Bjoergen Sets New Benchmark
Bjoergen finished first in the 30 km freestyle race, landing her third gold of the Games and her tenth overall. Her collection of medals makes her the most successful female Winter Olympian and third most successful overall.
7. Double Dutch Speed Skating
Netherlands won gold for both women’s and men’s speed skating while setting Olympic record times. The men’s team triumphed with a record setting three minutes 37.71 seconds while their women’s team lead by over seven seconds and finishing in 2 minutes 58.05 seconds.
8. Final Medal Count
It may not be a victory, but this was hands-down one of the most touching moments of the 2014 Winter Olympics. In remembrance of the late Canadian freestyle and X Games champion, Burke’s coach Trennon Paynter brought her ashes onto the slopes in a glass container and leather holster provided by The Canadian Olympic Committee, where they were spread. Considered a pioneer for introducing halfpipe and slopestyle into the Winter Games, Burke died early 2012 in a training accident.
What were your most memorable highlights (and lowlights) of Sochi 2014?