11 Things From the Sochi Olympics That We'll Actually Remember

GANGNEUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of a street scene near the Gangneung Coastal Cluster, host of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, on February 28, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Well folks, the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics are upon and we must bid farewell to Sochi. It's been one heck of a three weeks. There were some serious nail-biters —that women's ice hockey final I MEAN, ARE YOU KIDDING US WITH THAT? — and there were so many triumphs of the human spirit, like the touching story of Canadian skier Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic. There was also plenty of controversy — from the political unrest leading up to the ceremonies to the controversy surrounding Team USA in ice dancing.

Even though we all know the athletes are the stars of the show, this Olympics gave us a few other phenomena that stole the spotlight. 

Take a look at these 11 memorable moments and sensations that made the Sochi Olympics the Sochi Olympics.



Ashley Wagner's Red Lip

In the words of Cher Horowitz her retro look made her a “Total Betty.” So did her look of repulsion.

The Sad Snowflake

It’s okay little guy! Remember, you’re a snowflake, and that makes you an individual. Way to stick to your guns and not follow the lead of those other rings.

The Double Toilets

In many ways, these infamous men’s room toilets were the unofficial mascots for the Sochi Olympics. Even though two toilets in one stall are common in Russia, most people were shocked by them considering Russia’s rampant homphobia. And with these toilets thus #SochiProblems were born.


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Gus Kenworthy and His Adorable Puppies

Uhhhhhh in case you missed it skier and silver medalist Gus Kenworthy adopted four stray Russian pups. Sadly many abandoned dogs were being killed by local officials to “clean up” Sochi. Thankfully, amazing heroes like Kenworthy and other fellow Olympians are taking these precious pups home. This gets all of the Gold medals. All of them.


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The "Bronytail"

Here’s the thing: Jason Brown is an uh-freakin-mazing figure skater. He took home the bronze this year for team USA and he’s only 19 years-old. He’s mesmerized fans and judges alike with his moves and, oddly, his ponytail. The lovingly dubbed “bronytail” has become a celeb in its own right. 

Go home bear, you're drunk

The Sochi bear mascot has become an international phenomenon for many reasons: the Charmin controversy; the fact that it totally looks like Miley bear; its struggles to fit into a car… .but mostly, everyone kinda thinks the Sochi Bear is drunk.

Bob Costas's Pink Eye

Oh MAN, poor guy. Not only did he suffer through seriously painful double pink eye… he also suffered through endless memes about his really obvious infection. Ah well, at least his brief leave of abscence meant Meredith Vieira could become the first woman to ever to anchor the primetime Olympics solo. 


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Matt Lauer's beard

Listen Matt, this silver fox thing is really working for you. As sick of winter as we all are, at least it means we get to keep your rugged scruff around a little bit longer.

Schindler's Skate

Russian figure skating phenomenon Julia Lipnitskaia skated to the theme of Schindler’s List while wearing a red dress . Because, ya know, there’s that scene in the movie where a little Polish girl in a red coat is killed by Nazi soldiers. And people say Russians are too serious!

The Russian Police "Get Lucky"

Remember that time the Russian Police choir sang “Get Lucky” at the opening ceremonies? Us too. Forever.

Henrik Harlaut, His Dreads, His Pants, and His Eggs

No one really understands how Swedish freestyle skater Henrik Harlaut’s (aka Ras Trent) oversized pants and dreads don’t somehow affect his performance. Maybe they somehow make him more aerodynamic? Nevertheless, he believes Wu Tang are for the children and puts an uncooked egg in his pocket for good luck…because he was inspired by the film Cool Runnings. He basically won the Olympics.