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. The second week saw feats on the ice — most notably a memorable gold medal for the U.S. women’s hockey team — as well as in sliding and Alpine and freestyle skiing. The Games concluded with gold medals in women’s figure skating and men’s hockey for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, who received their medals but never heard their country’s national anthem as a result of the IOC-imposed doping ban, and with history made by Americans in cross-country skiing and men’s curling. Here are the best photos from the Olympics from a memorable 17 days.

Artists perform during Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.Photo by Christian Hartmann/REUTERS

Athletes from 92 nations paraded one last time during Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies.Photo by JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

Marit Bjoergen waves the Norwegian flag as she is carried by her teammates after Bjoergen won the 30-kilometer cross-country race in the final event of the Winter Games. Bjoergen, who previously said this was her final Olympic race, finished her career with 15 medals, leaving her as the most decorated Winter Olympian in history.Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic captured a gold medal in the snowboard parallel giant slalom Saturday, becoming the first woman in Winter Olympics history to win gold in two different sports at the same Games. A week earlier, Ledecka earned a surprise gold medal in Alpine skiing in the super-G.Photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters

U.S. women’s hockey players celebrate around goalie Maddie Rooney after she made the win-clinching save in the shootout to secure a 3-2 victory against Canada.Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Gold medalist Alina Zagitova edged Russian compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva to take women’s figure skating gold, the first championship for the group of competitors known as Olympic Athletes from Russia.Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Iryna Kryuko of Belarus, Kaisa Makarainen of Finland and Elisa Gasparin of Switzerland are grouped tightly together during the women’s 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay. Belarus grabbed the gold medal, followed by Sweden and France.Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The host South Koreans, many of whom are big-time speedskating fans, got to witness their women’s short-track team prevail in the 3,000-meter relay. Above are Kim Alang, left, and Choi Minjeong; the other members of the winning team are Shim Sukhee and Kim Yejin.Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain slides to gold in the women’s skeleton, the lone gold medal thus far for England. Fellow Brit Laura Deas captured bronze in the event.Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Norway’s Havard Lorentzen is a blur of energy as he pushes to the gold medal in the men’s 500-meter speedskating event. His time of 34.41 seconds earned him an Olympic record.Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters

Lindsey Vonn seemingly wrapped up her Olympic downhill career with a bronze medal. She also competed in the Alpine combined, skiing out in the slalom.Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Francesco Friedrich, left, and Thorsten Margis of Germany react as they watch the final run by Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada during the men's two-man bobsled. The German and Canadian teams finished in a tie, and both teams walked away with gold.Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Korean Yun Sung-bin slides to gold in the men’s skeleton. Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Jessica Diggins of the United States stretches across the finish line to win gold ahead of Stina Nilsson of Sweden in the cross-country team sprint. Diggins will be the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremonies.Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Cassie Sharpe of Canada claimed the freestyle ski halfpipe title.Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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.Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

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.Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

David Morris of Australia competes during the men’s aerials qualifying Saturday. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; A special effects camera was used for this image.

Matthias Mayer of Austria reacts during the victory ceremony after winning a gold medal in the men’s super-G.Photo by Leon Hard Foeger/Reuters

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform a gold-medal routine during the free dance.Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter captures gold in the women’s slalom.Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/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.Photo by Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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

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.Photo by Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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

Artists perform during Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.Photo by Christian Hartmann/REUTERS

Athletes from 92 nations paraded one last time during Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies.Photo by JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

Marit Bjoergen waves the Norwegian flag as she is carried by her teammates after Bjoergen won the 30-kilometer cross-country race in the final event of the Winter Games. Bjoergen, who previously said this was her final Olympic race, finished her career with 15 medals, leaving her as the most decorated Winter Olympian in history.Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic captured a gold medal in the snowboard parallel giant slalom Saturday, becoming the first woman in Winter Olympics history to win gold in two different sports at the same Games. A week earlier, Ledecka earned a surprise gold medal in Alpine skiing in the super-G.Photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters

U.S. women’s hockey players celebrate around goalie Maddie Rooney after she made the win-clinching save in the shootout to secure a 3-2 victory against Canada.Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Gold medalist Alina Zagitova edged Russian compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva to take women’s figure skating gold, the first championship for the group of competitors known as Olympic Athletes from Russia.Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Iryna Kryuko of Belarus, Kaisa Makarainen of Finland and Elisa Gasparin of Switzerland are grouped tightly together during the women’s 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay. Belarus grabbed the gold medal, followed by Sweden and France.Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The host South Koreans, many of whom are big-time speedskating fans, got to witness their women’s short-track team prevail in the 3,000-meter relay. Above are Kim Alang, left, and Choi Minjeong; the other members of the winning team are Shim Sukhee and Kim Yejin.Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain slides to gold in the women’s skeleton, the lone gold medal thus far for England. Fellow Brit Laura Deas captured bronze in the event.Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Norway’s Havard Lorentzen is a blur of energy as he pushes to the gold medal in the men’s 500-meter speedskating event. His time of 34.41 seconds earned him an Olympic record.Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters

Lindsey Vonn seemingly wrapped up her Olympic downhill career with a bronze medal. She also competed in the Alpine combined, skiing out in the slalom.Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Francesco Friedrich, left, and Thorsten Margis of Germany react as they watch the final run by Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada during the men's two-man bobsled. The German and Canadian teams finished in a tie, and both teams walked away with gold.Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Korean Yun Sung-bin slides to gold in the men’s skeleton. Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Jessica Diggins of the United States stretches across the finish line to win gold ahead of Stina Nilsson of Sweden in the cross-country team sprint. Diggins will be the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremonies.Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Cassie Sharpe of Canada claimed the freestyle ski halfpipe title.Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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.Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

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.Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

David Morris of Australia competes during the men’s aerials qualifying Saturday. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; A special effects camera was used for this image.

Matthias Mayer of Austria reacts during the victory ceremony after winning a gold medal in the men’s super-G.Photo by Leon Hard Foeger/Reuters

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform a gold-medal routine during the free dance.Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter captures gold in the women’s slalom.Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/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.Photo by Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

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

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.Photo by Mohd Rasfan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Performers do their thing during the Opening Ceremonies. Photo by 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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