10. Those Sochi strays
The Olympic city had a dog problem: Thousands of stray canines wandering the streets. When reports circulated that the animals were being rounded up and killed, activists were furious. The Russian government responded by setting up shelters to take in the animals. The world took notice, with everyone from CNN to E! News doing stories . And some took action like Gus Kenworthy -- an American freestyle skier and silver medalist -- who spent some of his spare time trying to save the furry creatures.
11. The sad bear
Sports are big in Russia. And they don't come any bigger than hockey. And that's why this person in a giant white bear costume -- head in hands, alone in the stands -- so perfectly captured what a big deal it was when its men's hockey team flamed out miserably. First, it lost a nail-biter to the United States in the prelims. Then, in the quarterfinals, it got sent home by Finland, 3-1. (The Finns then went on to crush the Americans 5-0)
12. Johnny Quinn's breakthrough performance
Even though Johnny Quinn didn't medal Sunday in the four-man bobsled, we'll remember him for his Hulk-like feat of busting down the hotel bathroom door when it jammed on him ... and then tweeting a picture of it. Oh and two days later, he got stuck in an elevator. "On race day," he told CNN's Piers Morgan, "I'll make sure that I shower with the door open and probably take the stairs."
13. The girl who cried wolf
No one on the Internet knows you're a dog. Apparently, that goes for wolves as well. American luger Kate Hansen didn't really spy a wolf wandering the halls of her hotel room. It was a stunt by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. (His crew filmed the American wolf and had Hansen post it on her Twitter and YouTube feeds.)
And while we're at it: That picture of Putin, bummed that Finland booted out the Russian hockey team? Fake!
14. That time when Jacky Chamoun posed topless
The Lebanese skier, Jacky Chamoun, had hoped to cause a stir on the slopes, not off it. But then surfaced photos of her topless from a fashion shoot she did three years ago when she was 19. Lebanon's youth and sports minister ordered the country's Olympic committee to investigate -- prompting a new kind of Arab revolt: men and women rallying to her defense by stripping in solidarity.
15. The sub-tropical games
You packed your warmest hat and coziest jacket for the Winter Olympics, only to look out your hotel window and see a palm tree, swaying in a gentle spring-like breeze. That's Sochi for you, folks. People think of Russia in winter and picture the snow-covered cathedrals in Moscow. But Sochi is way down south -- with the warmest climate of any Winter Games host city. Oh, and also -- the games weren't really in Sochi. They were in Adler, its next-door microdistrict neighbor.