12:41 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 02/23/2014 05:00PM
Circus performers! 62 pianists! And, of course, Team USA! See how the 2014 Games ended on a high note
Originally posted 02/23/2014 09:00PM
The 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a dramatic close, but we'll always have the Instagrams from the Games. Between competing in snowboarding, figure skating, skiing and more events, American Olympians – like Julia Mancuso, Gracie Gold and Shaun White – snapped amazing photos and posted them to Instagram. These 10 athletes from Team USA saw the most engagement during the Games in terms of likes and comments. Here they are with some of their most interesting posts. Enjoy!
Originally posted 02/23/2014 08:00PM
Wait, there's more to life than figure skating?
Sure, the Winter Games are over, but there's plenty of action on the streets of Hollywood and beyond.
Here's what you missed this weekend if you were too busy perfecting your triple lutz:
5. Katy Perry Really Did Kiss a GirlHope her boyfriend don't mind it! Perry puckered up to Miley Cyrus during the latter's Saturday's tour stop in Los Angeles. While singing "Adore You," Cyrus slinked off the stage to lock lips with Perry, who was in the front row.
Watch how Perry reacted.
Originally posted 02/23/2014 05:25PM
A big part of Sochi's closing ceremony was dedicated to the ceremonial passing of the Olympics to South Korea, who will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Originally posted 02/23/2014 04:30PM
It was the whack heard around the world and Nancy Kerrigan has been largely silent about it – until now.
The now-retired Olympic medal-winning figure skater agreed to participate in the NBC documentary Nancy & Tonya, which debuts Sunday just before the Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Its airing marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Winter Olympics figure skating competition and highlights the scandal that gripped the nation.
Both Kerrigan and Tonya Harding – who has been more vocal over the years about the infamous incident – sit down for the documentary and offer differing viewpoints on what happened after Kerrigan was struck in the knee just prior to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit in January 1994.
"It's sad, the bizarre craziness that all transpired," Kerrigan says in the documentary, per the New York Post. "It's too bad, because she's talented."
Originally posted 02/23/2014 03:00PM
Though NBC cut the Sochi mascots (Bear, Leopard and Hare) from the opening ceremony, Russia made them a crucial part of the closing ceremony.
Originally posted 02/23/2014 01:45PM
Sochi's closing ceremony referenced Russia's proud history of composition by having piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev emerge from a cloud of smoke and blast through a Rachmaninov composition like he was playing Metallica.
Originally posted 02/23/2014 12:35PM
More celebrities are standing up for stray dogs in Sochi.
Originally posted 02/23/2014 12:10PM
Russia actually has a pretty good sense of humor about that whole "ring fail" thing in the Sochi opening ceremony, referencing the now-famous incident during the closing ceremony.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 01:00PM
Have there been more falls this year than ever before at the Sochi Winter Olympics? It seems likely – in skiing, women are competing on courses built for men, while figure skating changed its scoring rules to encourage more risky quad jumps.
But we're not here to speculate about the causes. We're here to gawk at nasty crashes. Because although these Winter Olympic athletes possess the speed, strength and endurance to shame us normal humans, when they fall, they're just like the rest of us.
See the 17 most wince-worthy wipeouts of the 2014 Winter Olympics below. We separated them out by sport, so you can find your favorite flavor of failure.
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