Photo Essay

  • Russia’s Alexei Tereshchenko (R) vies with Finland’s Jori Lehtera during the men’s Ice Hockey Play-offs Quarterfinals match between Finland and Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Men’s giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety, of the United States, poses for photographers with the American flag on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • American skier Bode Miller competes during the men’s Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom Run 1 at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19, 2014.
  • China’s Zhang Kexin competes during the figure skating women’s short program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Competitors race in the men’s cross-country team sprint classic final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Alena Zavarzina, of Russia, competes in the Snowboard Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Semifinals on day 12 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Italy’s Lukas Hofer crosses the finish line during the Biathlon mixed 2x6 km + 2x7.5 km Relay Flower Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19, 2014 in Rosa Khutor near Sochi.
  • Team Sweden celebrates after defeating Switzerland during the women’s curling semifinals at Ice Cube Curling Center on Feb. 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Italy’s Nadya Ochner competes during the women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom qualification run at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor Feb. 19, 2014.
  • Russian fans watch a broadcast of the ice hockey quarter-final match between Russia and Finland in the Olympic Park during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi Feb. 19, 2014. Russia was eliminated from the men’s ice hockey competition at the Sochi Games on Wednesday following a 3-1 quarter-final loss to Finland.
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Sochi on View: Scenes from Day 12

By msnbc staff

The 2014 Winter Olympics are officially underway in Sochi, Russia. The country is hosting its first Winter Games, which are set to include a record 98 events, up from 86 during the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Over the course of the 2014 Winter Olympics, msnbc will bring you images from the competitions and glimpses of the spectacle surrounding the international event.

Check back daily to see the latest images from the Olympics.