The Olympic Games aren't just about competition. They are about personalities -- athletes who engage us with their playful antics, infectious smiles and daring effort.
We picked 10 personalities who made us smile, for whom it was easy to cheer. Check out their photos in the gallery to the right. Then vote in our poll and tell us why in the comments section.
Who was your favorite personality of the 2010 Vancouver Games?
#1: Simon Ammann, ski jumping
We're not sure if the two fingers he's holding up in his photo are meant to represent a jumper's skis flying through the air, or the two gold medals Ammann won in Vancouver. Either way, he was the top competitor - and the top showman - of the ski jumping competition in Vancouver.
#2: Shaun White, snowboarding
Whether riding to gold to the retro sounds of Paradise City or referring to his decision to throw the Double McTwist on his victory lap as "saucy," White displayed no shortage of charisma during his second appearance at the Winter Games.
#3: Johnny Weir, figure skating
#4: Olivier Schoenfelder, ice dancing
The Frenchman may not have won a medal in Vancouver, but he absolutely dominated the kiss and cry zone in the category of "bizarre antics."
#5: Hubertus von Hohenlohe, Alpine skiing
The oldest competitor at the Vancouver Games, 51-year-old Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe (full name: Prince Hubertus Rudolph von Furstenberg-von Hohenlohe-Langenburg) made his fifth Olympic appearance (and first since 1994) when he competed for Mexico in giant slalom. And wore a spectacular ski suit while doing so.
#6: Canadian women's hockey
Their on-ice antics were controversial, but one thing is for certain: Team Canada takes its celebratory opportunities very seriously.
#7: Julia Mancuso, Alpine skiing
Whether celebrating one of her two silver medals, singing away a delay or publicly expressing her unhappiness over a "popularity contest" on the U.S. women's Alpine team, Mancuso was a consistently animated character throughout the Games.
#8: Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz, bobsled
The American team that competes in the one and only "Night Train" sled brought us memorable antics including "The Holcy Dance" and a mustache-growing contest. They also won the first U.S. men's Olympic bobsled gold since 1948.
#9: Apolo Ohno, short track
Unmistakable because of his signature look (soul patch and bandana), Ohno was constantly at the center of short track intrigue in Vancouver. He finished the Games with three medals, giving him eight for his career, a record among U.S. Winter Olympians.
#10: Stephen Colbert, speed skating
The "Assistant Sports Psychologist" of the U.S. speed skating team, Colbert was everywhere during his run in Vancouver. He rode a moose. He climbed into a fire. He dressed up as a Canadian Mountie. And above all else, he introduced an unexpected and entertaining wild card onto the landscape of the Olympic Winter Games.