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 has seen feats of gold on the ice ¡ª most notably a memorable gold medal for the U.S. women¡¯s hockey team ¡ª as well as sliding, Alpine and freestyle skiing, and a whole lot more. Here are the best photos from the Olympics so far.

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

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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