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The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. II

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Jarkko Maeaettae of Finland jumps during Men's Large Hill Ski Jumping.
Jarkko Maeaettae of Finland during large hill ski jump. Opportune pic. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

This is our second series of shots from Sochi.

You can view the first volume, which we posted Monday, here.

The Games are almost halfway done -- and it's pretty terrific just how many super photos have already been taken. Can't wait to see what the next nine days offer up. Enjoy.

Terrific photo of Sochi by the sea from the International Space Station. (Reuters via NASA)
Terrific photo of Sochi by the sea from the International Space Station. You can see the Olympic Flame. (Reuters via NASA)

Early morning sunlight breaks through the clouds behind the Olympic Cauldron.
Early morning sunlight breaks through the clouds behind the Olympic Cauldron. Beautiful. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Bradley Wilson of the United States competes in the Men's Moguls Qualification.
Bradley Wilson in men's moguls. Love this one. (Cameron Wilson/Getty Images)

Detail view of the stone as USA sweeps in the women's curling. (USATSI)
Detail view of the stone as USA sweeps in the women's curling. (Kyle Terada/USATSI)

A thermometer displaying temperatures approaching 15 C / 60 F
It's been balmy in Sochi. Sparing you of pasty topless dude photos in this post. (Rob Schumacher/USATSI)

South Korea's Kim Bo-Reum
Zippy. South Korea's Kim Bo-Reum skates during the women's 3,000 meters. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Fans with a German and an American flag pause in front of the Olympic Cauldron in the Olympic Park on Day 4 of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images))
What a shot! Fans in front of the Olympic Cauldron in the Olympic Park. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Anais Chevalier (FRA) (47) and Rosanna Crawford (CAN) (25) approach the finish line as a heavy fog. (USATSI)
Anais Chevalier (47) and Rosanna Crawford (25) approach the finish line in fog in the women's biathlon 10K. (Eric Bolte/USATSI)

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada during the pairs short program of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada during the pairs short program. (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

Shaun White. (USATSI)
Never knew snowboards could bend like that. Shaun White's ride. (Guy Rhodes/USATSI)

Curling fan. (USATSI)
This is a curling fan. (Kyle Terada/USATSI)

Finland's Arttu Kiramo
Finland's Arttu Kiramo during men's freestyle skiing moguls qualification. Those colors! (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Akito Watabe (JPN, 2) and Eric Frenzel (GER, 1) and Magnus Krog (NOR, 20) at the flower ceremony following the nordic combined competition in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Olympic success, in a photo. From left: Japan's Akito Watabe, Germany's Eric Frenzel and Norway's Magnus Krog at the nordic combined podium. (Rob Schumacher/USATSI)

Dominik Windisch of Italy competes during the Men's 20km Indvidual Biathlon Ryan Pierse
Sun beams behind Italy's Dominik Windisch in the 20K biathlon. (Ryan Pierse/USATSI)

Oscar Wester (SWE) during the men's slopestyle qualification of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Sweden Oscar Wester during the men's slopestyle qualification. (Rob Schumacher/USATSI)

Armin Zoeggeler (ITA) during his third run in men's singles luge during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer
The reflection of a luge legend: Italy's Armin Zoeggeler. (John David Mercer/USATSI)

Christian Oberstolz (right) and Patrick Gruber (ITA) compete their second run in luge double during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (USATSI)
Nice timing, photog. Christian Oberstolz (right) and Patrick Gruber of Italy. (John David Mercer/USATSI)

Sweden forward Henrik Zetterberg (40) blocks a shot headed towards the net of goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in a men's ice hockey preliminary round game against Czech Republic during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Sweden forward Henrik Zetterberg, left, blocks a shot headed toward the net of goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (Scott Rovak/USATSI)

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform in the pairs free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Blurry twirl. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada. (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

Jeremy Abbott (USA) falls in the mens short program figure skating during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Abbott's brutal fall during the men's short program. That face. (Robert Deutsch/USATSI)

The flame. (
The Olympic flame burns off the bottom of the moon. How terrific is this photo? (Getty Images)

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, left, reacts during the men's short program. Great shot. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Evgeny Plyushchenko (RUS) reacts in the mens short program figure skating during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Evgeny Plyushchenko seconds before he left the ice for the final time as an Olympic competitor. (Kyle Terada/USATSI)
 
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