9. Athlete's view:
Anna Gasser, women's slopestyle snowboarder, Austria: "It was the best feeling just to compete even though it didn't work out the way I wanted (Gasser finished 10th in her event despite being a pre-final favorite). It's the first year that slopestyle has been part of the Olympics and everyone knows it's a dream come true if you can go to the games and compete against the best in your sport.
"It really mattered to me to represent my sport and to fight it out with the best girls. A lot of people wonder, 'What is this sport? Sliding on rails and getting hurt a lot?' but now it is getting popular. They even showed it live in Austria, which is traditionally skiing heartland!"
10. All-out action:
Ben Wyatt, CNN reporter in Sochi: Few sporting tournaments combine the danger, death-defying heights, break-neck speeds and requirement of bravery like the Winter Games. From the ski jump, to the skeleton, bobsleigh to the speed skating, puck slap shots to snowboard acrobatics this is about athletics exaggerated by its environment and climatic context to amazing effect.
"Nearly every event is laced with adrenaline. Even if you're not a sports fan, can you really stay unmoved by the audacity and adventure shown by the competitors? It makes your armchair all the more safe and comfortable as a result."