~ Sochi 2014 Olympics: Reaching the podium ~
A week into the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, some three dozen gold medals have been awarded. Here are some of the winners whose performances duing competition earned them a moment on the podium.
Austria's Matthias Mayer goes airborne in the men's alpine skiing downhill race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 9.
Gold medalist South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa cries during the medal ceremony for the women's 500 meter speed skating competition.
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch competes during the Slalom portion of the super combined at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 10
Women's freestyle skiing slopestyle gold medalist Dara Howell of Canada, center, celebrates on the podium as silver medalist Devin Logan of the United States, left, and bronze medalist Kim Lamarre of Canada applaud during their medals ceremony on Feb. 11.
France's Martin Fourcade (far right) straps his rifle to his back as he competes along side (from L-R) Germany's Simon Schempp, Austria's Simon Eder and Austria's Dominik Landertinger in the men's biathlon 12,5 km pursuit at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on Feb. 10.
A combination of two pictures shows Switzerland's Dominique Gisin (left) and Slovenia's Tina Maze (right) skiing during the women's alpine skiing downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Feb. 12. Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze finished in a dead heat as an Alpine skiing gold medal was shared for the first time in Winter Olympics history.
Vesna Fabjan (left) of Slovenia wins third place, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (center) of Norway wins second place and, Maiken Caspersen Falla (right) of Norway wins first place in the finals of the ladies' sprint free during day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 11
Italy's silver medalist Christof Innerhofer, Austria's gold medalist Matthias Mayer and Norway's bronze medalist Kjetil Jansrud pose on the podium during the Flower Ceremony after the Men's Alpine Skiing Downhill.
Silver medalist Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (left) of Norway, gold medalist Maiken Caspersen Falla (center) of Norway and bronze medalist Vesna Fabjan of Slovenia celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for ladies'sprint free on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Medals Plaza on Feb. 12.
Norway's silver medalist Tora Berger, Belarus' (left) gold medalist Darya Domracheva (center) and Slovania's bronze medalist Teja Gregorin pose on the podium during the Women's Biathlon 10 km Pursuit Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 12.
Darya Domracheva of Belarus in action during the Women's Biathlon 7.5km Sprint competition at the Laura Cross Biathlon Center on Feb. 9
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger celebrates her gold medal during the Flower Ceremony of the Women's Luge Singles event on Feb. 11.
Gold Medallist, Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates on the podium the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Flower Ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 11.
Joint gold medalists Tina Maze (right) of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland during the medal ceremony for the women's downhill race on Feb. 12.
Alex Bilodeau of Canada in action during the freestyle skiing men's moguls at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Feb. 10
Dara Howell of Canada competes in the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle final in Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Feb. 11
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