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Seeing Sochi: Photos of the Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics' political architect and booster-in-chief, watched and smiled as Sochi gave itself a giant pat on the back for a Winter Games that IOC President Thomas Bach declared an "extraordinary success."

Cathedral jump

Photos: Red Bull's Crashed Ice in St. Paul

The third annual installment of the Red Bull Crashed Ice event concluded on Saturday evening in St. Paul with the International Shootout individual races.

Seeing Sochi Day 16: Our favorite Olympics photos

The 2014 Winter Games are almost over, but we're still finding images we love. Here are today's.

Speed skating

Seeing Sochi Day 15: Our favorite Olympics photos

Speed skating, men's hockey and freestyle skiing were among the events Friday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Snowball fight

Photos: A heavy, wet storm hits Minnesota

The snowstorm hit later than originally forecast, but brought plenty of pain -- and some fun -- Thursday afternoon and on into the day on Friday. All through southern and eastern Minnesota, snow slowed traffic, brought down power lines, closed schools and lured children out to play.

Independence square

Animated GIF: Kiev, Ukraine before bloodshed, and after

This animated image shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine during peaceful times in 2009 and again during battle between anti-government protesters and police on Thursday.

Figure Skating

Seeing Sochi Day 14: Our favorite Olympics photos

Canada won the gold medal in women's Olympic curling Thursday, beating Sweden 6-3 and avenging a loss to the Swedes in the final at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Athletes also competed in other sports on the rinks, tracks and slopes in Sochi Thursday; here are our favorite photos from the action.

Violence escalates

Photos: Kiev burns as death toll rises

Just hours after a truce was declared, clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces have broken out again in Ukraine's capital,

Finalnd beats Russia

Seeing Sochi Day 13: Our favorite Olympics photos

On Wednesday in Sochi, the US' Ted Ligety won gold in the giant slalom, and the Finnish men's hockey team knocked the Russians, a favorite to medal, out of the tournament.

Men's Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals

Seeing Sochi, Day 12: Our favorite Olympics photographs

There was action today on the alpine and Nordic skiing courses, ski jump hills, the hockey and speed skating arenas, and snowboard cross and halfpipe venues. These are some of our favorite photos of the day.

Seeing Sochi Day 11: Our favorite Olympics photos

Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 11 of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Seeing Sochi Day 10: Our favorite Olympics photos

Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 10 of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.