Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Coolest Photos from Day 2

Brendan O'Meara@@BrendanOMearaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Coolest Photos from Day 2

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    At what point in human endeavor did it dawn on man to ski down a slope, jump and remain airborne for the better portion of the following 10 seconds? Whenever that was, be thankful, because it—along with so many other sports—provides some compelling and arresting images that come around once every four years.

    As the medal counts rise, we've got 10 images from Day 2 of the Sochi Games that promise—to quote Barney Stinson—to be, "Awe, wait for it ... Some! Awesome!" Read on to be amazed.

10. Look, Ma, No Hands

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    Meryl Davis and Charlie White, affectionately called "Marlie," toe several dangerous lines during their program for the United States.

9. One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

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    One of these world leaders just doesn't ... belong.

    Vladimir Putin, the star of this year's Sochi Games and double toilets, squeezed his way into Team Russia's gold-medal celebration in team figure skating.

8. Feelin' Lonely

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    It is lonely at the top when you're Jamie Anderson of the United States. She captured gold in the inaugural women's snowboard slopestyle. 

7. The Breakup

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    Italy's Dominik Paris occupies every geometric plane as he comes apart in the men's downhill. He finished 11th overall.

6. All Hail the Queen

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    Great Britain's Jenny Jones salutes the Motherland and, presumably, its monarch, in her bronze-medal performance in women's slopestyle.

5. I Have Something to Tell You

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    "If you drop me, the hopes and dreams of an entire country will come crashing down on you. No pressure," says Canada's Tessa Virtue as Scott Muir cradles her to a silver medal in team dance.

4. Bane

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    You know that scene in The Dark Knight Rises when Bane lifts Batman over his head? Okay, good, because that didn't happen here when Nikita Katsalapov hoisted Elena Ilinykh onto his shoulders.

3. Living on the Edge

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    Canada's Jan Hudec appears to defy any number of Newtonian physics in the men's downhill Sunday.

2. Come Here Often?

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    While Tucker West of the United States sleds by, a young man turns to his right and asks, "So, do you like ... luge? It's pretty cool. I'm more of a doubles guy myself. I love, and I mean love, the kufens. Oh? You don't know what kufens are? You have a nice life."

1. How the Mighty Fall

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    Ireen Wust won the gold medal in the women's 3,000 meters, but spent part of her victory lap acting like a Zamboni.