Best of the Sochi Olympics: Day 1

Athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics hit the snow hard on the first day of the Olympic Games. Click to see the best photos from competition.

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Laurenne Ross of the United States descends the course during training for the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Sage Kotsenburg of the United States celebrates winning the first gold of the games — and first for Team USA! — after his second run during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White dazzled on the ice in the team ice dancing short skate on Saturday, Day 1 of the Sochi Olympics.
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Meryl Davis and Charlie White scored 75.98, three full points ahead of their closest rivals, and friends, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
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Canadian first-time Olympian Justine Dufour-Lapointe clinched the Olympic gold medal in women's freestyle skiing moguls in Sochi on Saturday, while her older sister Chloe took silver, in a testament to the sisters' flawless ski technique.
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The Dufour-Lapointe sisters' dominance meant that Team USA's Hannah Kearney, the reigning Olympic moguls champ and gold medal favorite, won the bronze medal.
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Ashley Wagner of the United States reacts to her score after competing in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during day one. Wagner landed in fourth, with a 63.10 in a mistake-free but relatively conservative routine that not only bolstered her team's medal hopes but helped her prove that she belonged in Sochi despite finishing fourth in the national championships.
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Competition heated up on Day 1 of the Sochi Olympics. Laurenne Ross of the United States makes her way down the course during training for the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill.
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Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France compete in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance - Short Dance during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi of Germany compete in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance - Short Dance during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia compete in the Figure Skating Team Ice Dance - Short Dance during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Sven Kramer of the Netherlands waves to fans before competing the Men's 5000m Speed Skating event during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. He won the gold for the event.
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Norway's Simen Spieler Nilsen, right, and Alexej Baumgaertner of Germany compete in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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South Korean speedskater Kim Cheol-min competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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Norway's Havard Bokko competes in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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Bob de Jong of the Netherlands warms up ahead of the Men's 5000m Speed Skating event during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center.
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Kajsa Kling of Sweden rounds a gate during training for the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
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Yuki Kadono of Japan competes in the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Marit Bjoergen of Norway approaches the finish line ahead of Charlotte Kalla of Sweden to win gold in the Ladies' Skiathlon 7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Sage Kotsenburg of the United States takes a jump during a snowboard slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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United States' Sage Kotsenburg reacts after a run during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Ryan Stassel of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Semifinals during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Maxence Parrot of Canada celebrates after his second run during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Lucien Koch of Switzerland falls during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Semifinals during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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United States' Bode Miller makes a turn during men's downhill training at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6.
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France's Guillermo Fayed rests after a men's downhill training run for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Slovenia's Rok Perko arrives in the finish area after crashing during a men's downhill training run for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
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Slovenia's Rok Perko arrives in the finish area after crashing during a men's downhill training run for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Hilary Knight of the Untied States celebrates her goal as Goalkeeper Noora Raty of Finland looks on during the women's ice hockey game at the Shayba Arena during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Kendall Coyne, #26 of United States, skates for the puck against Finland during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A Game on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Noora Raty, #41 of Finland, makes a save in the second period against Alex Carpenter, #25 of United States, during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A Game on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Kelli Stack, #16 of the United States, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal in the second period against Noora Raty #41 of Finland during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A Game on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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