Let the games begin.
Thousands of athletes from over 80 different countries are ready to descend on Sochi as the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Russia.
The 17-day sporting extravaganza is being dubbed as the most expensive Olympics ever, with the Russians having spent $50 billion on turning the faded Black Sea resort into a rejuvenated host venue.
It promises to be another memorable occasion -- but will it beat Winters Games gone past?
Here at CNN, we've put our heads together and come up with our top 10 definitive moments in Winter Olympics history.
'The Miracle on Ice'
It is the moment that all American ice hockey fans still talk about.
At the 1980 Lake Placid games, the U.S. team -- made up of college students and amateurs -- produced one of the greatest shocks in the sport's history.
Facing the Soviet Union in the semifinals -- a team which had won the four previous gold medals -- the U.S. was expected to be swept aside easily.
It had been beaten 10-3 in a warmup game two weeks before the Olympics, though the Americans did qualify for the last four without too many problems courtesy of wins over Norway, Romania, West Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Then, in a contest which went down in history as one of the greatest ever, the host nation did the impossible -- it defeated a team full of world-class professionals 4-3 in a pulsating contest.
Mike Eruzione scored the crucial goal with 10 minutes remaining to send the U.S. into the final, where it defeated Finland to win gold.
The success was captured on the big screen with the release of 'Miracle" in 2004, as Kurt Russell played the role of coach Herb Brooks.
The win over its Cold War enemy grabbed the imagination of the U.S. public and was voted the greatest sporting moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.
Dave Ogrean, former executive director of USA Hockey, called the victory "the most transcending moment in the history of our sport in this country."
It was an attack which shocked the sporting world and laid the foundations for one of the most bitter rivalries ever witnessed on the ice.
Nancy Kerrigan was the U.S. golden girl, a talented figure skater and expected to challenge for gold at the Lillehammer games.
But her entire world was turned upside down on Jan. 6, 1994, just six weeks before the Olympics.
After leaving the practice rink, she headed to the changing room where she was attacked by a man with a metal bar.
The blow to her knee left her screaming in agony -- and so began one of the most famous "whodunnit" cases in Olympic history.
Kerrigan's doctors told her that had she been hit just a centimeter lower, her kneecap would have been smashed, possibly rendering her unable to walk again.
The FBI launched an investigation and linked the attack to the ex-husband of Kerrigan's skating rival Tonya Harding.
Jeff Gillooly and Harding's bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt stood trial alongside the man who wielded the metal bar, Shane Stant.
Harding denied she had taken any part in the attack but did issue a statement for failing to report the incident.
While the drama continued to unfold, Kerrigan made a remarkable recovery and secured her place in the U.S. team for the games.
With television cameras constantly on both women and the Olympic Village full of gossip, Harding and Kerrigan went head-to-head on the ice.
It was Kerrigan who came out on top, finishing second to take silver, while Harding was way down in eighth.
But Kerrigan's joy was shortlived -- she received death threats and was told to stay away from the closing ceremony as she posed a security risk.
Harding was given three years' probation, 500 hours of community service and a $160,000 fine for hindering the investigation.
The U.S. Figure Skating Association banned her for life and stripped her of the 1994 national championship title.
Her ex-husband Gillooly and the others were given jail terms.
Hermann Maier cheated death at the Nagano games in 1998.
The Austrian downhill skier, who was favorite for the gold medal in Japan, was sent hurtling after attempting a bend and flew horizontally through the air at over 70 miles per hour (112.65 kph).
He landed some 50 yards away before crashing head first into the safety nets -- it was a moment where everybody feared the worst.
"I was very fast and there was a lot of wind from the back side," he said in the aftermath of the incident. "And I went up in the air and was looking at the sky. I looked down at the snow and waited for the crash."
Somehow, Maier escaped with minor bruises and with injuries to his knee and shoulder and was back in action soon after where he won gold medals in the giant slalom and super-G.
Nicknamed "the Herminator," he went on to become one of the most successful male skiers of all time, winning three world titles, silver and bronze at the 2006 games at Turin, plus 54 World Cup race wins -- second only to Ingemar Stenmark's 86.