Sochi 2014: 6 Coolest Photos from Day 1 of the Winter Games

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterFebruary 8, 2014

Sochi 2014: 6 Coolest Photos from Day 1 of the Winter Games

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    Team USA snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg
    Team USA snowboarder Sage KotsenburgSergei Grits/Associated Press

    Day 1 from the Sochi Winter Olympics is in the books. And look at us! Everyone is still all in one piece and everything. I'm proud of us. I really am.

    Not to dabble in cliche, but the best parts of the Winter Olympics are the images. With brilliant snow and ice providing the backdrop for all manner of acrobatics and athletic feats, the Winter Games truly are a visual marvel.

    Did you miss the first full day of action? Are you just a fan of the majesty of still photography and its ability to capture what words cannot and what have you? Click on for the six most spectacular images of the day.

Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel: Power and Grace

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    Associated Press

    I don't know how there aren't more injuries in figure skating. Every time I see a death spiral, I expect a broken limb or something.

    Poke all the fun you want, but these are amazing athletes. This picture of Canadian team Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford sums up the sport nicely. Duhamel appears to be floating almost effortlessly despite her dangerous position, while Radford's look of concentration is a peek through the figure skater's smiling facade, which so often belies the massive effort that is taking place underneath. 

Casting a Long Shadow

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    Felipe Dana/Associated Press

    At least someone in Sochi got all five rings to work. Kapow!

    In this image, women's skiathlon competitors work their way past the Olympics' iconic, uh, icon. 

A Convex View

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    Associated Press

    Someone got a little fancy with the camera work for this shot from the first round of the men's singles luge competition.

    The Sochi track has gained notoriety for its wide array of twists and turns.

Your Guess Is as Good as Mine

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    Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

    OK, so this one happened on Feb. 6. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

    The Italian figure skating team of Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek showed off some nice moves—and some rather, uh, cheery duds—in the team short program. 

    Here, we get a fairy unusual view of the action. That's Hotarek in the foreground and Berton in the background. And that's about all I could figure out.

So You Want to Be a Cross-Country Skier

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    Associated Press

    On first glance, this might look like a bad pileup. But in actuality, these are exhausted participants from the ladies' skiathlon after the competition had ended. Looks like cross-country skiing's reputation as one of the world's most physically taxing activities is well-earned.

Dominance in Motion

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    Petr David Josek/Associated Press

    The Canadian women's hockey team wasted no time in confirming what everyone strongly suspected: They are on a big-time collision course with Team USA.

    They handled Switzerland 5-0 in the event's opening round. Here, Hayley Wickenheiser puts one in on goalie Florence Schelling.