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Patrick Semansky, Associated Press
Gold medallist Michel Mulder from the Netherlands clenches his fist after his second heat race in the men's 500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

The third day of the Sochi Games saw many athletes triumph while others fell to the wayside. Here are Monday's best 15 photos from the Associated Press' photographers.