Photo Essay

  • American Phil Kessel celebrates after teammate Cam Fowler scored a goal on Sergei Bobrovski of Russia in the second period during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi Russia. After both teams remained tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and overtime, American T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout to give the United States the 3-2 victory.
  • Kazakstan’s Sergei Berestovskiy jumps during men’s freestyle skiing aerials training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Feb. 15, 2014 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • A dancer entertains visitors in front of the Olympic cauldron Feb. 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Anna Fenninger of Austria skis during the Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G, Feb. 15, 2014, at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Russia. Fenninger captured gold, finishing the course in 1 minute, 25.52 seconds.
  • Finland’s women’s 4x5K cross-country relay team. From left are Krista Lahteenmaki, Anne Kylloenen, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, and Kerttu Niskanen. The team celebrated winning the silver after the women’s 4x5K cross-country relay, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • Zhou Yang (L) of China leads Shim Suk Hee (C) of Korea and Arianna Fontana of Italy in women’s 1500m final at the Short Track events in the Iceberg Skating Palace, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi Russia. Zhou won gold, Shim silver and Fontana bronze.
  • A man sunbathes on the banks of the Black Sea, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.Temperature in Sochi touched 62 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday.
  • An athlete warms up with his coach prior to the Men’s Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10 km Nordic Combined training, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center, Feb. 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Evlampieva Valentinovna celebrates with Russian fans following a goal by Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk during the second period of a men’s ice hockey game against the United States, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • Johannes Rydzek of Germany competes during the men’s individual Gundersen large hill/10 km Nordic Combined training in RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • South Korea’s Lee Hansin competes in the men’s skeleton event at the Sanki Sliding Center, Feb. 15, 2014, in Rosa Khutor.
  • Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany after a run during the Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G, Feb. 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Hoefl- Riesch won the silver medal, while Austria’s Anna Fenninger won gold, and was joined by her teammate Nicole Hosp, who earned bronze.
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Sochi on View: Scenes from day 8

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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.

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