The 2014 Winter Olympics ended in a spectacular closing ceremony with host nation Russia on top of the medals table.
Five gold medals were won on the first day of action at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Russian hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games have put their opening ceremony pyrotechnics display to the test.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially named the candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shortlisted cities are Norway's Oslo, China's Beijing and Kazakhstan's Almaty.
"The IOC is very happy to see three very different approaches with regard to the organisation of the games," IOC President Thomas Bach told a news conference.
"This gives the IOC a choice between three diverse bids, with different legacy plans, with different approaches, with different budgets."
Sweden's Stockholm, Poland's Krakow and Ukraine's Lviv had also submitted bids to the IOC but all three later withdrew.
An avalanche swept down a slope at the Sochi ski resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics alpine events were held, killing two people.
Rescuers found the bodies of two women beneath the snow on a slope called Labyrinth at Rosa Khutor in the mountain resort which has only been open to the public for a day.
"Despite all efforts to revive them, they could not be saved," the resort said on its website.
Four others on the slope at the time were unhurt and experts are now trying to determine the cause of the avalanche.
Rosa Khutor, which is 25 miles from Sochi, hosted the alpine skiing, snowboarding and other events at the Games.
Prime Minister David Cameron has met the Team GB medal winners from the 2014 Sochi Olympics during a reception at 10 Downing Street in London.
After two weeks of nerve-wracking competitions and months of rigorous training, Team GB athletes were in for a party during Sochi Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
Judging by their Twitter feeds, they enjoyed the spectacle and partied on after the official part of the ceremony ended.
Olympic Committee chief declared the Sochi Games closed, officially ending the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I declare the 22nd Olympic Winter Games closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Pyeongchang to celebrate with us the 23rd Olympic Winter Games," Thomas Bach said.
Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Pakhomov handed the Olympic flag to Pyeongchang Mayor Lee Sok-ra during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
South Korean city of Pyeongchang will host the Winter Olympics in 2018.
The best of Russia's culture was on display during the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Russia's world-famous ballet played a key role during the spectacle, which also celebrated the country's most famous writers and poets, and paid tributes to the legendary Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Flag bearers enter the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Lizzy Yarnold, who won the gold in skeleton, carried the flag for Team GB Lizzy Yarnold
Spectacular fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.