Sochi on show – Sports fans have had plenty of exciting action to cheer at Russia's first Winter Olympics.
National pride – "It's a great honor to represent my country and there's a great sense of pride when everyone back home sees the Cayman Island flag," says skier Dow Travers, who had the honor of leading his tiny nation's delegation at the opening ceremony.
Taking part – "It was the best feeling just to compete even though it didn't work out the way I wanted," says Austria's Anna Gasser, who qualified fastest for the women's snowboard slopestyle final but finished 10th after suffering two falls and a false start.
Revitalizing Russian sport – "This will be vital to help popularize the kind of sport I participate in across my country," says Russian speed skater Ekaterina Lobysheva. "We used to be very good in these disciplines but did not always have the places to train or to compete in, but now we do!"
Coming together – "This has been such a great opportunity for us," say unpaid volunteer workers Sarana, Ksenya and David. "It's been great to meet so many new people."
Olympic partnerships – "Sport crosses boundaries and there are very few truly global opportunities, but the Olympics is absolutely one of those," says Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's global chief brand officer of Sochi 2014 partner McDonald's.
Inspiring people – "In Finland women's ice hockey is not that popular at the moment, so this will really help to inspire people to get interested in the sport," says Susanna Tapani, here celebrating with teammate Minnamari Tuominen after scoring a goal against the U.S. in a preliminary round Group A game.