Top moments of the Winter Olympics in photos

Published 8:29 AM ET, Sun February 25, 2018
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The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off with a bang on February 9. It was the second Olympics to be held in Korea after Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Whether a symbol of diplomacy or propaganda, North Korea's cheerleading squad made for mesmerizing viewing. The 230-strong troupe could be seen singing and clapping their country's athletes -- perfectly in sync. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A record number of 2,920 athletes from 92 countries participated in PyeongChang 2018. Team USA sent the largest number of Olympians, with 242 competing. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
America's sweetheart Mikaela Shiffrin was set to be the standout star of the Games. She took home two medals -- a gold in the giant slalom and a silver in the alpine combined, after narrowly missing out in the women's slalom. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Austrian superstar Marcel Hirscher won his first Olympic gold in the alpine combined on day four. On day nine, he won his second, in the giant slalom. But the 28-year-old missed out on a third, after crashing in the men's slalom. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway became the oldest Olympic alpine skiing champion at the age of 35. He was also the first from his country to win gold in the downhill event. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
It was the last Olympics for American Lindsey Vonn, the most successful women's ski racer of all time. She was denied gold in her signature event, the downhill, walking away with bronze. She failed to complete her last Olympic race, after missing a gate in the slalom. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
It was the Italian, Sofia Goggia -- who is currently leading the World Cup downhill standings -- that beat Vonn to gold. The 25-year-old became the first Italian to win gold in the women's downhill. Christophe Ena/AP
Canadian skating duo, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, won gold with their dazzling performance to songs from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack in the figure skating final. Their passion and chemistry sent the internet into meltdown, as fans couldn't believe their relationship was no more than a "business" one. Julie Jacobson/AP
The tragic story of skater Elise Christie gripped the Brits. She was disqualified from the 1,000m heats following heavy crashes in both the 500m final and the semifinal of the 1,500m. History seems to repeat itself -- Christie was also disqualified from all three events at Sochi 2014. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Japan was enthralled by Yuzuru Hanyu, who became the first male figure skater since 1952 to win back-to-back skating golds. At the end of his routine, fans showered the rink with Winnie the Pooh toys, Hanyu's lucky charm. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
US teenage Chloe Kim made history, becoming the youngest female Winter Olympic gold medalist. The 17-year-old got a near-perfect score of 98.25 in the women's halfpipe. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
America's Gus Kenworthy made the headlines not for his snowboarding prowess, but for kissing his boyfriend, Mathew Wakes, live on TV. The moment was hailed as a celebration of LGBTQ pride. Aimee Lewis
In a big upset for curling's three-time defending gold medalist Canada, Team USA beat them 5-3 in the semifinals. This takes them to the gold medal match against Sweden, for the first time in US curling history. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images
Following Russia's doping scandal, the country was banned from the Winter Olympics, with 169 of their athletes allowed to compete as neutrals. But, in a shocking turn of events, two of Team OAR's curlers -- husband and wife -- were stripped of their bronze medals after one of them, Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Wojtek Wolski turned heads, playing on Canada's Olympic ice hockey team, just 16 months after breaking his neck. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winning goal in a penalty shootout to give the United States a 3-2 victory against Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion. AFP/POOL/Getty Images
Jessica Diggins pipped her Swedish rival to claim the Olympic title in the cross country team sprint final on day 12. Along with her teammate Kikkan Randall, they will be the first American women ever to win gold medals in cross country skiing. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Pita Taufatofua competed in Taekwondo at the summer games Rio 2016. This wasn't enough for the Tongan flag-bearer, and he decided to take on the winter ones too, competing in the 15-kilometer cross country skiing event. He crossed the line in 114th position. Frank Fife/Getty Images
The Jamaican women bobsled team made their Olympic debut at PyeongChang, 30 years after the men's team captured hearts around the world, inspiring the movie, "Cool Runnings." MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Fans look on at the luge women's singles on day four of the games. 1,045,727 tickets were sold to spectators throughout the games. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images