As it is said, you're only as good as your last competition. In that case, Petter Northug has plenty to brag about. After two weeks of ups and downs, the brash skier turned in one of the most memorable endings of the Games. Relive each day here.
Photo finishes. Easily the best-conditioned athletes at the Winter Games. It's easy to see why so many nations are passionate about their cross-country teams. Fans came out in droves to Whistler; see them at their best during the Olympics.
March Madness might not have anything on Petra Majdic. The Slovenian cross-country skier who suffered four broken ribs and a collapsed lung -- before winning bronze -- still wants to compete this year. See if she does at UniversalSports.com.
Rivals, friends, compatriots. Those labels mean little when the finish line is in sight, as then only one thing matters: gold. Take a look at how that played out in the men's sprint final between two Russians, and relive the sport's best Olympic finish.
A multiple silver medalist before Vancouver, Norway's Marit Bjoergen erased past-Games pains with three gold medals. Like Bjoergen, there were a number of skiers who helped their legacies in Whistler; relive those moments here.
James Southam made up for the disappointment of not finishing the men's 50km in Torino with his highest finish in 2010.
Kikkan Randall turned in an American Olympic record with an eighth-place finish in the women's classical sprint.
Cross-country skiers show the physical demands and exhaustion of their sport.
Olympic champion isn't a traditional cross-country skier and stands out from the rest of the pack with his talent and personality.