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Sochi snapshots

2/27/2014

Lindsey Van was the first women’s ski jumping world champion, in 2009, and was part of the sport’s Olympic debut in Sochi. Van, who placed 15th overall in the competition, takes us through her Olympic experience.

I’m here with Japan's Noriaki Kasai before the opening ceremonies. He is one of my idols. He won a silver medal in Sochi on the large hill at the age of 41 -- 20 years after he won his first silver in Lillehammer in 1994.

My teammates Jessica Jerome and Sarah Hendrickson with me enjoying the opening ceremonies. We had a blast. The energy was electric in the building and like nothing I've ever experienced. I couldn't stop smiling and crying.

Meet the infamous Sochi dogs. There were many friendly puppies lounging in the sun around our hotel in the mountain cluster. Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis adopted one of these dogs.

Here's a great shot of the mountain athlete village.

The Olympic flame right before the medals ceremony for the first-ever women's ski jumping event in the Games.

I attended the medals ceremony and it was emotional and amazing to see my peers Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Carina Vogt and Coline Mattel receive the honors. We’ve finally made it into the Games.

A selfie at the men's large hill event with my friend Blair Tomten, a former ski jumper and current ski jumping judge.

A couple of days after our event, I went skiing in the mountains above Sochi with my friend and U.S. men's ski jumping head coach Clint Jones. The skiing there provided great options, including some challenging terrain.

Lindsey Van’s previous blog.