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Selected Images from the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Finland goalie Antero Niittymaki makes a save on Sweden’s Fredrik Modin (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Finland’s Antti-Jussi Niemi, rubbing face watches Sweden celebrate their gold medal win. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Mass start
Eighty-two athletes started the men’s 50 kilometer cross-country race. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Di Centa celebration
On the last day of the 2006 Winter Olympics, Giorgio di Centa of Italy wins the Men’s 50 Kilometer Mass Start in 2:06:11.8. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Apolo Anton Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States rounds the final curve enroute to winning the gold medal. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Winning moment
Apolo Anton Ohno raises his arms in celebration as he crosses the finish line, winning the gold medal in the men’s 500 meter Short Track Speed Skating. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Disqualified, again
Bode Miller stares at another disqualification. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Raich reacts
Benjamin Raich reacts after winning the gold medal in men’s slalom. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Checked
Russia’s Sergei Zhukov knocks down Finland’s Jarkko Ruutu in the second period. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shawn Rojeski
United States’ Shawn Rojeski releases the stone as Joe Polo, left, and John Shuster sweep during the bronze medal curling match. (Morry Gash / Associated Press)
Skip Pete Fenson yells
United States skip Pete Fenson yells after a shot during the bronze medal curling match against Great Britain. (Mark Baker / Associated Press)
Streaker
A streaker makes his way into the arena during the bronze medal match of the men’s curling between United States and Great Britain. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)
Exciting win
In a heavy snow storm, the U.S.'s Julia Mancuso reacts after winning the gold medal in the women’s giants slalom. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Reflective
Away from the crowds, Julia Mancuso of the United States stares down at her bouquet of flowers after winning the Gold Medal in the Women’s Giant Slalom. (Gina Ferazz i / Los Angeles Times)
Emily Hughes
Emily Hughes of the United States performs in the long program of the women’s figure skating competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen of the United States, the leader going into the free skating portion of the women’s figure skating competition, falls during her routine. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shizuka Arakawa
Shizuka Arakawa of Japan is seen during the free skating portion of the women’s figure skating competition. (Sergey Chirikov / EPA)
Sasha watches
Sasha Cohen, of the United States, watches a group warm up before her turn during the women’s free skate. (Amy Sancetta / Associated Press)
Up for aerials
Gold medalist Xiaopeng Han of China celebrates after his first jump in the Mens Freestyle Skiing Aerials Final. (Adam Pretty / Getty Images)
Weaving the course
Petra Elsterova of Czechoslovakia is way ahead of Joanna Shaw of Austria during qualifications for the Womens’ Parallel Slalom. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Rosey Fletcher
Rosey Fletcher of the United States competes on her way to the bronze medal in the Womens Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Finals. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Celebration
Doug Weight skates away with his head down as Finland celebrates the 4-3 win, eliminating the U.S. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Modano reflects
The U.S.'s Mike Modano soaks in the 4-3 loss to Finland eliminating USA from Olympic play. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Belated bronze
Italy’s Women’s 3000m Relay team celebrates after China’s team was disqualified, moving them into the bronze medal position. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Squeeze play
Kalyna Roberge, center, of Canada, tries to squeeze through Korea’s Sun-Yu Jin, left, and China’s Meng Wang of China, right, during the Womans’ 3000m Relay Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
The Brothers
Philipp Schoch of Switzerland (L), and his brother Simon Schoch celebrate after the Men’s Snowboard parallel giant slalom final. (John Mabanglo / EPA)
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Sasha Cohen performs during the short program of the women’s figure skating competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Irina Slutskaya
Russia’s Irina Slutskaya, second after the short program, performs. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Seth Wescott keeps his lead over Radoslav Zidek of Slovakia as they head toward the finish of the Men’s Snowboardcross Finals at Bardonecchia. Wescott won the Gold Medal and Zidek won the Silver. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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With the town of Bardonecchia in the background, Jason Smith of the U.S. flies on a jump in the semifinal round of the Men’s Snowboardcross competition. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Maelle Ricker of Canada is favored to medal in the Women’s Snowboardcross. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Seth Wescott wraps himself in the flag after winning the gold in the Men’s Snowboardcross competition. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Snowboarding Cross Final
Mike Knuble
The U.S.'s Mike Knuble battles Latvia goalie Arturs Irbe for a loose puck. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Brodeur
Canada goalie Martin Brodeur makes a save on a shot by Italy. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Martin St-Louis
Italy’s Joe Busillo, left, and Canada’s Martin St-Louis collide at the boards as they battle for a loose puck. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Jason Blake
U.S. player Jason Blake is stopped by Latvia goalie Arturs Irbe late in the third period to preserve a 3-3 tie. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Fans
USA fans celebrate a goal against Latvia. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Latvia celebrates
USA goalie John Grahame turns away as Latvia celebrates a goal in the first period. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A bronze run
U.S. mogul skier Toby Dawson reacts as he crosses the finish line posting a score to give him a bronze medal. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Dale Begg-Smith
Dale Begg-Smith of Australia jumps off the ramp to take a gold medal during the finals Men’s Moguls at Sauze d’Oulx, Italy. (Peter Dejong / Associated Press)
Hedrick reacts
Chad Hedrick of the United States reacts after the U.S. was eliminated from medal contention during the men’s team pursuit speedskating at Oval Lingotto. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Dofmeister
Michaela Dofmeister of Austria reacts to winning the gold in the Women’s Downhill at the 2006 Winter Olympics in San Sicario Fraiteve, Italy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Kildow finishes
Lindsey Kildow hangs her head after finishing in eighth place in the Women’s Downhill at the Winter Olympics in San Sicario Fraiteve, Italy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Let’s get loud
LET’S GET LOUD: Cheerleaders rally the crowd at an Olympic venue. Their reviews are mixed. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Human ski lift
HUMAN SKI LIFT: Ligety of Park City, Utah, gets a ride from teammates after winning the gold medal. His final slalom run of 43.84 was the day’s fastest. “It’s something that I never would have expected,” the 21-year-old said. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Zhang Dan
Zhang Dan is helped off the ice by partner Zhang Hao after injuring her knee during the finals of the pairs competition Monday. After a two-minute regrouping period, the Chinese pair returned to the ice and won the silver medal. (Wally SKalij / Los Angeles Times)
Zhang Hao
Zhang Dan prepares to catch partner Zhang Hao during the pairs competition on Monday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Sylke Otto
Sylke Otto of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal in the women’s luge. (Sandra Behne / Bongarts/Getty Images)
Sarah Parsons
Sarah Parsons, front, is happy after scoring her second goal of the game in the U.S. women’s hockey team’s 7-3 win over Finland. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)
Japanese kids
Kazusa Tabata, 4, left, and her brother Gakusi, 6, show their support for Japanese speedskaters during the women’s 500 meters. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Witty
Chris Witty of the U.S. chases Svetlana Radkevich of Belarus during the women’s 500-meter speedskating competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Jiang Chunli
Jiang Chunli of China competes in the women’s cross-country team sprint. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Bjoern Lind
Bjoern Lind of Sweden, right, finishes just ahead of Tor Arne Hetland of Norway to win the gold medal for his country in the men’s cross-county team sprint. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Evgeni Plushenko
Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko competes during the men’s figure skating short program. Plushenko has a commanding lead over second-place Johnny Weir of the U.S. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Frederic Dambier
Frederic Dambier of France falls during the men’s figure skating short program. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Johnny Weir
Johnny Weir of the U.S. is in second place after the men’s figure skating short program. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Wayne Gretzky
Team Canada Executive Director Wayne Gretzky makes his way through a crush of photographers. (Ryan Remiorz / Associated Press)
Tough ride
TOUGH RIDE: Bode Miller had a big lead but straddled a gate on his first slalom run and was disqualified. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press)
All roads lead to fun
ALL ROADS LEAD TO FUN: Narrow streets in Sauze d’Oulx, west of Turin, lead people to the freestyle skiing events of the Winter Games and to an array of restaurants and pubs. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Cross-Country
Finland’s Lauri Pyykonen leads the pack during the Cross-Country Men’s Team Sprint. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Simister injured
Canada’s Meaghan Simister is helped into an ambulance after crashing in her third run in the Women’s Singles Luge. (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)
German sweep
Second place German luger Silke Kraushaar, first place Sylke Otto and third place Tatjana Huefner, from left, celebrate after the Olympic Women’s Single Luge. (Michael Sohn / AP)
Rodriguez
Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States skates in the Women’s 500m Speed Skating final. (Getty Images)
Zhurova
Svetlana Zhurova of Russia during the Women’s 500m Speed Skating event at the Oval Lingotto, at Turin. (EPA)
Amy Sannes
Amy Sannes, from St. Paul, Minn., races during the Women’s 500-meter Speedskating Sprint competition at the Oval Lingotto. (Associated Press)
Aerials
With the Alps in the background, China’s Sen Qiu jumps off the ramp during the training session Men’s Aerials at Sauze d’Oulx. (Associated Press)
Speed Skating
China’s Fengtong Yu falls next to Japan’s Yuya Oikawa as they cross the finish line in the Men’s 500m Speed Skating. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Union Jack
A fan holds a British flag against the sunlight as a Great Britain snowboarder enters the coarse in the Women’s Halfpipe Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Tot and Max
Russian gold medalists Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, right, perform during the Pairs Skating final in Turin. (Mark Baker / Associated Press)
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Russia’s Maxim Marinin and Tatiana Totmianina spin their way to the gold medal in the finals of the pairs competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Victory lap
United States Joey Cheek, from Greensboro, N.C., holds an American national flag as he makes a victory lap during the Winter Olympics men’s 500 meter speedskating sprint race at the Oval Lingotto in Turin. (Jasper Juinen / Associated Press)
Hannah Teter
Hannah Teter flys above the crowd enroute to winning the Gold Medal in the Women’s Halfpipe Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Bleiler
Silver-medalist Gretchen Bleiler cuts up the pipe during the Women’s Halfpipe Final in Bardonecchia, Italy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Kjersti Buaas
Bronze medal winner Kjersti Buaas of Norway in action during the final of the womens Snowboard Half-Pipe competition. (John Mabanglo / EPA)
Teter Bleiler
American gold medallist Hannah Teter, right, and teammate and silver medallist Gretchen Bleiler celebrate their success after the finals of the Women’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Associated Press)
Kildow
Lindsey Kildow arrives by helicopter to Centro Traumatologico Ospedauero trauma center in Turin following her crash during training. (Associated Press)
Shaun White
Shaun White makes his first run in the finals of the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Mark Duncan / Associated Press)
The Flying Red Tomato
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White soars through the air enroute to winning the gold medal in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Andy Finch
The United States’ Andy Finch crashes on his first run in the finals of the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Mark Duncan / Associated Press)
Vinzenz Lueps
Vinzenz Lueps of Germany sails through the afternoon sun to take a ninth place at the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Peter Dejong / Associated Press)
Japan’s Takaharu Nakai
Japan’s Takaharu Nakai sails down the course during his second qualifying run for the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition in Turin. (Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press)
Brad Martin
Canada’s Brad Martin sails over the crowd during his first qualifying run for the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Lionel Cironneau / AP)
Shaun White
The United States’ Shaun White reacts after seeing his score on the first run of the Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard competition. (Lionel Cironneau / Associated Press)
White flag
Snowboarder Shaun White took home the gold medal in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe competition at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shaun hug
Snowboarder Shaun White gets a hug from his father Roger after winning the gold medal in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Danny Kass soars through the air during the snowboard halfpipe competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Danny Kass, who won a silver medal, gets some air during the snowboard halfpipe competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Switzerland’s Therry Brunner and his shadow glide down a ridge during the snowboard halfpipe qualifying round. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Shaun White flies skyward on his way to winning the gold medal in the snowboard halfpipe competition. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Antoine Deneriaz of France gets airborne on his way to a gold medal in the men’s downhill. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Tony Benshoof of the U.S. whizzes by fans during the luge competition where he finished fourth. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
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Jonathan Myles of the U.S. luge team gives fans an up-close view as his zooms by. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Renate Groenewold of the Netherlands close in on a silver medal in speedskating in the women’s 3,000-meter race. (Maurizio Brambatti / EPA)
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South Korea’s Ho-Suk Lee, who a silver medal, leads a pack of speedskaters during the 1,500-meter short track race. (Andrew Vaughan / Associated Press)
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Aika Klein of Germany crashes into the boards during a speedskating heat in the women’s 500-meter event. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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Canada goalie Charline Labonte, left, stops Russia’s Ekaterina Smolentseva during the first period. (Ryan Remiorz / Associated Press)
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Maritta Becker is sent flying after a check by Caitlin Cahow of the U.S. (Vladimir Rys Bongarts / Getty Images)
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Kristina Smigun, right, of Estonia ultimately overtook Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic to win gold in the women’s 30-kilometer pursuit (US Presswire)
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Canada’s Jennifer Heil, center, celebrates her gold medal in freestyle moguls with silver medalist Kari Traa of Norway, left, and bronze medalist Sandra Laoura of France. (Elsa / Getty Images)
Kjersti Buaas
Norway’s Kjersti Buaas takes the bronze medal away from the U.S.'s Kelly Clark on the last run in the Ladies’ Halfpipe Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Elena Hight
Elena Hight cuts through a spray of snow during the Women’s Halfpipe Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Hannah Teter
Hannah Teter flies above the crowd enroute to winning the Gold Medal. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark looks to be in total control during the first qualifying run. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Cheryl Maas
Cheryl Maas of Norway jumps into a picturesque scene at the Women’s Halfpipe Final. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Manuela Laura Pesko
Switzerland’s Manuela Laura Pesko soars through the air in women’s halfpipe. (Frank Gunn / Associated Press)
Shiho Nakashima
Shiho Nakashima of Japan soars through the air during the women’s halfpipe snowboard final competition. (Frank Gunn / Associated Press)
Kelly Clark knocked out
USA’s Kelly Clark walks away from the finish area with her head down after her score knocked her out of medal contention. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Bode
Bode Miller of the United States speeds down th course during the Men’s Downhill. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)
Antoine Deneriaz
Antoine Deneriaz of France reacts as he stands on the podium after winning the Men’s Downhill gold. (Luca Bruno / Associated Press)
Hermann Maier
Austria’s Hermann Maier reacts after finishing his Men’s Downhill run. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press)
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Shaun White, left, and U.S. teammate Danny Kass pose after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in halfpipe. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Bode Miller
Bode Miller of the United States reacts after finishing his Men’s Downhill run. (Rudi Blaha / Associated Press)
Final Downhill - Mens Alpine Skiing
Michael Walchhofer of Austria speed pass a gate in the Mens Downhill Alpine Skiing Final. (Agence Zoom / Getty Images)
McCartney
Scott McCartney of the United States goes airborn during the Men’s Downhill. (Alessandro Trovati / Associated Press)
podium
Antoine Deneriaz, center, winner of the gold medal, is flanked by Michael Walchoofer of Austria, left, who took the silver medal, and Switzerland’s Bruno Kernen, bronze, on the podium of the Men’s Downhill at the Turin. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press)
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U.S. skiier Michelle Roark reacts to the corwd after completing her run in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies Moguls Finals. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Gold-medal winner Jennifer Heil of Canada flys high in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies Mogul Finals. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Women’s Mogul champ
Jennifer Heil of Canada reacts during the flower ceremony after winning the gold medal in the finals Women’s Moguls at Sauze d’Oulx. (Diether Endlicher / Associated Press)
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A small fireworks display ended the Freestyle Skiing Ladies Moguls Finals under the lights. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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