Shaun White of the U.S. crashes during the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
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After years of lobbying to be included in the Olympics women ski jumpers finally had their day in Sochi when the first Olympic competition was held.Team GB: Snowboarder Jenny Jones became an instant household name back home when she made history in Sochi by winning slopestyle bronze which was Britain's first Olympic medal on snow.Security: A top issue before the Games with Islamic militants threatening to attack the Games and concerns over how Russian security would tackle the large influx of foreign visitors, athletes and reporters.Dutch speedskaters: Rarely has a nation dominated a sport so thoroughly.U.S. speedskaters: The Americans went home without a medal for the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Games, despite proclaiming their team of 17 skaters could match the feat of the 2002 squad who won a record eight medals in Salt Lake City.Germany: A traditional winter sports powerhouse, Germany had set out to repeat their successes in 2010 when the country finished in the top three in the medals table along with Canada and the United States.Instead of the 30 medals they had hoped for, German athletes collected 19 to finish in sixth place.
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