Photo Essay

  • Hege Bokko of Norway competes during the Speed Skating Women’s 1500m, Feb. 16, 2014 at Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi, Russia. For the third time in these Olympic Games, the Dutch swept the podium. Jorien ter Mors’ record-breaking performance earned her the gold, while teammates Ireen Wust and Lotte van Beek earned silver and bronze respectively.
  • Torah Bright of Australia makes a practice run ahead of the Ladies’ Snowboard Cross Seeding, Feb. 16, 2014, at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia. After competing in slopestyle and halfpipe, in which she earned a silver medal, Bright completed in her third snowboard event these games, but failed to qualify for the Snowboard Cross finals.
  • Fans wave flags during the flower ceremony of the Men’s 4 X 10km Relay competition at the Laura Cross Country Center, Feb. 16, 2014 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • Kjetil Jansrud of Norway wins the gold medal during the Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G, Feb. 16, 2014 at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre in Sochi, Russia.
  • American Bode Miller is comforted by his Wife, Morgan Miller, during the Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G, Feb. 16, 2014 at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Sochi, Russia. Miller won bronze in a tie with Jan Hudec of Canada. For Miller, it was his sixth career Olympic medal, and at 36, he is the oldest alpine skier to medal. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway captured the gold, while American Andrew Weibrecht won silver.
  • American David Wise gets air during men’s freestyle skiing half pipe training, Feb. 16, 2014 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova celebrates winning the gold in the Women’s Snowboard Cross during the Flower Ceremony, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
  • Spectators walk past the Olympic flame on a foggy night in Olympic Park, Feb. 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Raido Rankel of Estonia competes on the fourth leg of the Cross Country Men’s 4 x 10 km Relay, Feb. 16, 2014 at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia.
  • A competitor checks the visibility through his rifle sights before the Men’s 15 km Mass Start competition was postponed due to fog, Feb. 16, 2014, at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia.
  • Performers dance at the Olympic Park, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance, Feb. 16, 2014 at Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia.
  • France’s Robin Duvillard slides in the snow as he celebrates after the flower ceremony for the men’s cross-country 4 x 10km relay event, Feb. 16, 2014. France won the bronze medal, while Sweden won Gold and Russia, silver.
  • Gondolas are shrouded in fog as they travel between between biathlon and cross country skiing venues, Feb. 16, 2014 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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Sochi on View: Scenes from day 9

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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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