Hockey is sometimes described as a fight on ice skates, and when you’re performing for a gold medal on the world stage, tempers and fists can fly. So is the case in this picture, which shows the moments after Russia’s Artyom Zub body-checked Germany’s David Wolf, right in front of the German bench.
A fight broke out in moments, and it took some time for the referees to settle everyone down and get the game started again. The German team’s woes weren’t over just yet, since Russia went on to beat them four to three in overtime. Bad luck for the Germans.
The Dangers of Snowboarding
Sliding across packed snow at top speeds with nothing but a thin piece of plastic between you and snow burns makes snowboarding a surprisingly dangerous sport, even when you're the best in the world. Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot knows this better than most, and this picture shows why.
He fell and crashed while competing in the slopestyle event, and the world held its breath to learn how badly he had been hurt. Thankfully, Parrot was unscathed except for his pride. He even went on to earn himself a shiny silver medal in the same event. Ah, the unstoppable willpower of the athlete who is determined to win. There's nothing like it.
A Fierce Look
In recent decades, the world has shrunk. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically. We're able to watch people eat lots of food in Japan, dance at a funeral in Ghana, or fall on their face in Ireland. This picture also has to do with Ghana since it features Akwasi Frimpong, the first Ghanaian to compete in the skeleton event.
After only two years of competing, Frimpong made it to the Olympics. While his performance didn't garner much attention, his outfit, including a helmet with a snarling lion, was the talk of the town for a little while. Is there somewhere we can get our own?
A Long Way Down
In the previous Winter Olympics, US figure skater Adam Rippon had been promising, if not a headliner. When he landed in Pyeongchang, however, he ended up being somewhat of a disappointment for the team, getting the tenth place in the singles event. His routine was actually well done, but there were too many better performers.
A quick photographer grabbed this image of Rippon horizontal to the ground as he pulled off a maneuver. The way the photo is arranged makes it look like he's just standing on the ice, and the Olympic rings behind him are upright, but in fact, it's the opposite.
Please Work, Please Work, Please Work
Here we have Russian figure skaters Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova pulling off a move that...we think that Bobrova is wearing...we don't know what's happening here. We don't know if it's safe, and we're not even sure if it's legal.
What we are sure of is Bobrova is really hoping that the move goes well since it doesn't look like she has all that much control over what part of her body is going to hit the ice first, and the face that Soloviev is pulling makes us worry about what happened when they tried to disengage. Good luck, Bobrova.