Standouts of the Olympics

Out of every Olympics, stars emerge that steal the show. Some steal our hearts with their inspirational stories while others mesmerize us with their athletic prowess. Here is a salute to those who have already won us over. Presented by Carnival Cruises

Sochi stars

Click through to find out who made our list of stardom. Did your favorite Olympian make the cut?

Sage Kotsenburg

The Park City, Utah, native came out of nowhere to win the snowboard slopestyle competition for the U.S.'s first gold in Sochi and teach America the meaning of "spoice."

Julia Lipnitskaia

Undoubtedly the darling of these Winter Games, the 15-year-old figure skater wowed the home crowd in helping Russia win gold in the inaugural team competition.

Jorien ter Mors

The Bo Jackson of the dominant Dutch speedskating team, Ter Mors took a break from competing in the short track to win the women's 1500 in long track.

T.J. Oshie

The little-known St. Louis Blues forward became a household name after putting on a show in a penalty shootout win over Russia.

Iouri Podladtchikov

The Russian-born snowboarder put on a show in the halfpipe to win gold for Switzerland and end Shaun White's reign as Olympic champion.

Gilmore Junio

Embodying the Olympic spirit, the Canadian speedskater gave up his spot in the 1000 to teammate Denny Morrison, who fell in qualifying. Morrison ended up winning silver.

Victor An

The South Korean-turned-Russian short-track speedskater was dominant in winning the 1000 meters, Russia's first gold in short track. He also won bronze in the 1500.

Sochi weather

Temperatures reached the low-to-mid 60s in the Coastal Cluster venues near the Black Sea. It got so warm in the mountains that cross-country skiers wore short sleeves.