PHOTOGRAPH BY MEHMET FATIH YALDIZ, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
Published February 16, 2014
The Winter Olympics are finally in full swing. Athletes are knee-deep in competition, local hotels have ironed out the kinks, and the media have turned their attention to the warm weather.
Temperatures this week were above freezing, averaging in the mid-50s (around 12°C) in the subtropical resort town, turning some snow slushy and provoking complaints from some athletes. (Read related: "Slushy Sochi: Warm Weather Shows Challenges of Subtropical Snowmaking.")
Temperatures are expected to fall this weekend, potentially firming the slopes and improving conditions for week two.
In the picture above, a young boy watches the men's normal hill ski jump final from the stands of the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Polish skier Kamil Stoch, 26, won the event, one of the highlights from the first week of competition.
The picture was submitted by National Geographic Your Shot member Mehmet Fatih Yaldız from Krasnodarskiy, Russia. Here are more highlights from the first week of the Olympics, captured by Your Shot members.
Russia on Ice
More than 3,000 performers were on the stage for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. With the exception of a small lighting malfunction, the ceremony was a success, with an estimated 3.5 billion people tuning in. This photo was submitted by member Tony V. from the United States. It was captured using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera.
A skier glides over the finish line in the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Mehmet Fatih Yaldız took the photo with his Canon EOS Mark II on February 9.
A calm night descends after a long day in the mountains. The location of the Winter Olympics has attracted global attention to the beauty of subtropical cities in southeast Russia.
"The almost full moon rises above the cauldron tonight as we see the mountains in the distance disappear," wrote Your Shot user Robert Mitchell from Alice Springs, Australia. (Related: "What You Don't Know About Sochi.")
Russian dancers are entertaining tourists in the Olympic Village. Dancing is an important part of the culture in Russia, where a few successful ballet dancers are in the skating rink this week.
Organizers took the opportunity to showcase traditional Russian folk dances to counter the stereotype that all Russian dances have the characteristic Eastern Slavic stomping and kicking from the knees. This photo was taken on February 11 by Your Shot user Elena Orlova from Moscow.
Russian figure skater Maxim Trankov raised his hands in triumph on Wednesday after a successful performance with partner Tatiana Volosozhar. The Russian duo has been skating together for four years and last week won the gold medal for figure skating pairs free skating.
This photo taken on February 12 is another photo by Your Shot user Elena Orlova.
The Olympic Winter Games will end on Sunday, February 23, but there's plenty of time to submit your Olympic photos. Check out the new and improved Your Shot website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.
Contribute to our coverage of the Olympics by adding the tag #sochi2014 when you upload.
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