It's hard not to get excited as the Olympics begin, whether you're an athlete or a spectator. It's simply thrilling to see the world's greatest amateur athletes come together in competition and friendship. The Winter Games offer speed, grace and beauty as they showcase amazingly skilled skiers, skaters, snowboarders and more. From the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, France, to the 2014 Games underway now in Sochi, Russia, the world has celebrated winter sports' finest athletes at the Olympics. Take a look at our slideshow as we remember great Olympians of Winter Games past.
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