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The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. I

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air. (USATSI)
Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air, via multiple exposure photo. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

The unordinary Olympic events provide us with a chance at some extraordinary sports photography -- some of the best of its kind.

We'll have four or five of these installments throughout the Winter Games. Here's the first edition, some of the best snapshots from the first few days of activity in Russia. Shoutout to the incredible photographers that do great work.

Gorgeous shot of the electro-glow performers dance during the opening ceremony. (USATSI)
Gorgeous shot of the electro-glow performers dance during the opening ceremony. (REUTERS/David Gray)

Ksenia Stolbova (bottom) and Fedor Klimov of Russia compete during the figure skating team pairs free skating. (USATSI)
Ksenia Stolbova (bottom) and Fedor Klimov of Russia compete during the figure skating team pairs free skating. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

One of my five favorite shots in this gallery. Unidentified ski jumper at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. (Getty Images)
One of my favorites in this gallery. Unidentified at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. (Getty Images/Ryan Pierse)

Norway's Anders Fannemel soars through the air during his trial jump. (USATSI)
Norway's Anders Fannemel during his trial jump in the men's ski jumping individual normal hill qualification. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Simon Ammann of Switzerland jumps during the Men's Normal Hill Individual Qualification  (Getty Images)
Simon Ammann of Switzerland jumps during the men's normal hill individual qualification. Awesome shot. (Getty Images/Lars Baron)

The Olympics ring logo is reflected in the visor of Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk. (USATSI)
The Olympics ring logo is reflected in the visor of Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk. (USATSI/Winslow Townson)

Marit Bjoergen (bottom) of Norway, Therese Johaug (top) and Charlotte Kalla of Sweden after competing in the women's skiathlon.
Marit Bjoergen (bottom) of Norway, Therese Johaug (top) and Charlotte Kalla of Sweden after competing in women's skiathlon. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Katie Uhlaender of the U.S. gets ready during a women's skeleton training session.
Love that helmet. Katie Uhlaender of the U.S. gets ready during a women's skeleton training.(REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

A luger grips the ice prior to his training run in Sochi. (USATSI)
A luger grips the ice prior to his training run in Sochi. (USATSI)

Evgeny Plyushchenko of Russia performs during the figure skating team men short program. (USATSI)
Evgeny Plyushchenko of Russia performs during the figure skating team men short program. (USATSI)

Onlookers watch as the most famous Olympics fail yet materializes at the Opening Ceremony. (USATSI)
Onlookers watch as the most famous Olympics fail yet materializes at the Opening Ceremony. (USATSI)

IOC president Thomas Bach, left, and Russian president Vladmir Putin. (USATSI)
IOC president Thomas Bach, left, and Russian president Vladmir Putin. The laughing: it unsettles me. (USATSI)

The Opening Ceremony mascots, who are here to inherit your nightmares. (USATSI)
The Opening Ceremony mascots, who are here to inherit your nightmares. (USATSI)

Maren Lundby of Norway takes off during ski jumping practice. (USATSI)
Maren Lundby of Norway takes off during ski jumping practice. (USATSI/Rob Schumacher)

Switzerland's Lucien Koch falls during men's slopestyle semis. Russia is always watching.
Switzerland's Lucien Koch falls during men's slopestyle semis. Russia is always watching. (USATSI)

Norway's Staale Sandbech won silver in slopestyle and definitely knows how to party. (USATSI)
Norway's Staale Sandbech won silver in slopestyle and definitely knows how to party. (USATSI/Kyle Terada)

Staale Sandbech, left, Sage Kotsenburg (USA), middle, and Mark McMorris of Canada. (USATSI)
THESE GUYS. Staale Sandbech, left, Sage Kotsenburg (USA), middle, and Mark McMorris of Canada. (USATSI/Kyle Terada)

And here's American Sage Kotsenburg during slopestyle competition. How great is this photo? (Getty Images)
And here's American Sage Kotsenburg during slopestyle competition. How great is this photo? (Getty Images/Camerson Spence)

Ashley Wagner: You are the American inspiration.  (USATSI)
Ashley Wagner: You are the American inspiration. (USATSI/Robert Deutsch)

And this is why. Hard not to love this girl's demeanor. (USATSI)
And this is why. Hard not to love this girl's demeanor. (USATSI/Robert Deutsch)

Justine Dufour-Lapointe celebrates winning gold with her Canadian sister Chloe the ladies' moguls. Really cool.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe celebrates winning gold with her Canadian sister Chloe, who won silver, the ladies' moguls. Really cool. (USATSI/Guy Rhodes)

Pawel Klisz, 63, competes in the men's skiathlon. Guy Rhodes (USATSI)
Pawel Klisz, 63, competes in the center of men's skiathlon. (USATSI/Guy Rhodes)

Bode Miller reacts after failing to medal in the mens downhill.  (USATSI)
Bode Miller reacts after failing to medal in the men's downhill. (USATSI/Jack Gruber)

Connecticut's Tucker West completes his third run in men's singles luge.  (USATSI)
Connecticut's Tucker West completes his third run in men's singles luge at Sanki Sliding Center. (USATSI/Nathan Bilow)

France's Anais Bescond reacts after crossing the finish line of the women's 7.5km sprint biathlon. (USATSI)
France's Anais Bescond reacts after crossing the finish line of the women's 7.5km sprint biathlon. (USATSI/Eric Bolte)

Germany's Felix Loch leaps atop the podium after winning gold in men's singles luge. (USATSI)
Germany's Felix Loch leaps atop the podium after winning gold in men's singles luge. (USATSI/ Nathan Bilow)

 
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