The 23rd Olympic Winter Games opened as a beacon of warmth in a place of extreme cold. Nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea, to compete in 102 event s across 15 sports. The first week of competition saw the host nation win gold in its signature sport: short-track speedskating. It saw Alpine skiing and long-track speedskating titans experience, alternatively, triumph and disappointment. And it saw the American daughter of two Korean immigrants return to her family’s country of origin and establish herself as an Olympic champion. Here are the best photos from the Olympics so far.

Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands claimed speedskating gold in the 1,500 meters. He’s the world champion but was making his Olympic debut after barely missing out on the 2014 Sochi Games.Phil Noble/Reuters

Chris Mazdzer, left, won the United States’ first men’s single luge medal, a silver. Austria’s David Gleirscher, right, took the gold.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Austria skiing icon Marcel Hirscher, who has dominated the World Cup circuit for years, scored the first Olympic gold of his career. He prevailed in the slalom, beating France’s Alexis Pinturault by 0.23 seconds.Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Cross-country skiing is a physical battle even when it’s a short race, so Stina Nilsson of Sweden had plenty of fun after she wrapped up her sprint gold medal.Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are a blur as they slide down the track during a men’s double luge run. The German pair grabbed gold, edging an Austrian tandem by 0.017 seconds.Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Chloe Kim soared to the status of breakout American star of the Games by grabbing the snowboarding halfpipe gold. She’s a star on social media, too, which never hurts.Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany skated, spun and tossed their way to a championship in pairs figure skating. The unusual pairing — she was born in Ukraine; he’s from France — helped Savchenko, 34, score gold in her fifth Olympics appearance.Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Maren Lundby of Norway flies through the air en route to a gold medal in the women’s normal hill individual ski jumping event.Daniel Kopatsch/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Following disappointment in Sochi four years ago, American Shaun White tossed all of that aside as he won his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes throws a stone during a mixed doubles curling match against Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, Olympic Athletes from Russia. Lawes and teammate John Morris went on to win the gold medal, beating the Swiss team of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios.Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

Members of the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams — not to mention a linesman — get tangled up during a preliminary-round matchup. Canada prevailed, 2-1, but the teams are expected to clash again in the gold medal game.Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait awhile to get into the competition, but the wait was worth it: She won the giant slalom to open her Olympics with the second gold medal of her career.Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

From left, Spain’s Regino Hernandez, Australia’s Jarryd Hughes and France’s Pierre Vaultier get airborne during the snowboard cross final. The wild and woolly race ended with Vaultier sporting gold, followed by Hughes and Hernandez.Gregory Bull/Associated Press

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway makes some new fans after winning the men’s cross-country sprint race. At 21, he’s the youngest male gold medalist in that event.Daniel Kopatsch/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mirai Nagasu had arguably the most memorable moment of the first weekend of the Olympics when she became the first U.S. woman to successfully perform a triple axel in Olympic competition. She helped the Americans claim bronze in the team event.Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Fans watch the men’s freestyle moguls competition at Phoenix Snow Park.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier pushes on to capture gold in the women’s 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit.Toby Melville/Reuters

Performers do their thing during the Opening Ceremonies. Sean M. Haffey/Reuters

Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands claimed speedskating gold in the 1,500 meters. He’s the world champion but was making his Olympic debut after barely missing out on the 2014 Sochi Games.Phil Noble/Reuters

Chris Mazdzer, left, won the United States’ first men’s single luge medal, a silver. Austria’s David Gleirscher, right, took the gold.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Austria skiing icon Marcel Hirscher, who has dominated the World Cup circuit for years, scored the first Olympic gold of his career. He prevailed in the slalom, beating France’s Alexis Pinturault by 0.23 seconds.Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Cross-country skiing is a physical battle even when it’s a short race, so Stina Nilsson of Sweden had plenty of fun after she wrapped up her sprint gold medal.Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are a blur as they slide down the track during a men’s double luge run. The German pair grabbed gold, edging an Austrian tandem by 0.017 seconds.Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Chloe Kim soared to the status of breakout American star of the Games by grabbing the snowboarding halfpipe gold. She’s a star on social media, too, which never hurts.Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany skated, spun and tossed their way to a championship in pairs figure skating. The unusual pairing — she was born in Ukraine; he’s from France — helped Savchenko, 34, score gold in her fifth Olympics appearance.Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Maren Lundby of Norway flies through the air en route to a gold medal in the women’s normal hill individual ski jumping event.Daniel Kopatsch/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Following disappointment in Sochi four years ago, American Shaun White tossed all of that aside as he won his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes throws a stone during a mixed doubles curling match against Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, Olympic Athletes from Russia. Lawes and teammate John Morris went on to win the gold medal, beating the Swiss team of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios.Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

Members of the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams — not to mention a linesman — get tangled up during a preliminary-round matchup. Canada prevailed, 2-1, but the teams are expected to clash again in the gold medal game.Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait awhile to get into the competition, but the wait was worth it: She won the giant slalom to open her Olympics with the second gold medal of her career.Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

From left, Spain’s Regino Hernandez, Australia’s Jarryd Hughes and France’s Pierre Vaultier get airborne during the snowboard cross final. The wild and woolly race ended with Vaultier sporting gold, followed by Hughes and Hernandez.Gregory Bull/Associated Press

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway makes some new fans after winning the men’s cross-country sprint race. At 21, he’s the youngest male gold medalist in that event.Daniel Kopatsch/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Mirai Nagasu had arguably the most memorable moment of the first weekend of the Olympics when she became the first U.S. woman to successfully perform a triple axel in Olympic competition. She helped the Americans claim bronze in the team event.Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Fans watch the men’s freestyle moguls competition at Phoenix Snow Park.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier pushes on to capture gold in the women’s 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit.Toby Melville/Reuters

Performers do their thing during the Opening Ceremonies. Sean M. Haffey/Reuters

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Photo editing by Dee Swann and MaryAnne Golon. Design and development by Courtney Kan.

Originally published Feb. 13, 2018.

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