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The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. IV

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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The pucks used at this year's Winter Olympics. Quite a souvenir. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Come and gone, another Olympiad. Sochi turned out pretty decently, right? I mean, aside from the United States having a less-than-ideal finish, generally speaking. But the athletes earned their stories, the security measures taken wound up keeping everyone safe, and amid all the action we -- as usual -- got some stunning sports photography. This is the last gallery from this year's Olympics. Thanks for taking the time to scroll through. Feel free to pass this and the previous iterations along. See you in Rio, Olympics.

The many funny faces of mid-flight ski jumpers.

The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. I.

The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. II.

The best photos from the Winter Olympics, Vol. III.

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New Zealand's Beau-James Wells during freestyle men's skiing halfpipe. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom)

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Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) dons a big grin after winning gold in ladies' alpine skiing slalom. (Jack Gruber/USATSI)

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The start of the men's cross country skiing 50km. Sochi certainly had one of the best backdrops of any Olympics. (Guy Rhodes/ USATSI)

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Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer celebrates in the finish area after winning the gold medal in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

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Norway's Joergen Graabak wins as Germany's Fabian Riessle falls while crossing the finish during the men's relay 4x5km cross-country race of the nordic combined. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

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Hair up, skis straight. Ukraine's Nadiya Mokhnatska performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing aerials qualification round. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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Great shot -- like a painting -- of the men's 50 km mass start. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Canada's Patrice Bergeron controls the puck and bows his stick against Sweden in the gold medal game. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Elizavetta Chesnokova of Russia looks on in the freestyle skiing ladies' halfpipe qualification.(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Sweden's Fanny Rask is surrounded by helmet after her team fell 4-3 in the bronze medal game against Switzerland. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Athletes compete during the 2 x 6 km women/2 x 7 km men mixed relay. Divine sho. (Stuart Hannagan/Getty Images)

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Over the clouds: Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France in the nordic combined. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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Karin Oberhofer of Italy races against the burning, falling sun in the 2 x 6 km women/2 x 7 km men mixed relay. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Another shot of a cross-country skier, this in the men's km. Notice the flakes melting on the lens. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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You'd think Russia's Alena Zavarzina was going backward, but really she's on to the next boundary flag in the women's parallel giant slalom. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Alizee Baron of France competes in the freestyle ski cross. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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The Sochi sky goes from blue to purple during the women's 4 x 6 km relay. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway whips the boundary pole in men's slalom. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Anne Schleper, left, and Michelle Picard of the United States react after Canada takes the gold meal in women's ice hockey. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Not an illusion. That's three people. From left: Russia's Aleksandr Rumyantsev, Aleksey Yesin and Denis Yuskov in the men's team pursuit final. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

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And credit to Russia for havign a sense of humor. Dancers reenact the opening ceremony ring failure. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

 
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