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Jumping For Joy Is Understandably A Common Reaction To Winning An Olympic Medal (PHOTOS)

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The Olympics provided a reminder that "jumping for joy" is an actual behavior and not merely an expression used to describe a state of happiness. As Olympians climbed on the medal stand throughout the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, this exuberant and athletic reaction repeated itself time and again, regardless of the nationalities of the medalists.

Here are some of the most euphoric leaps captured by photographers in Sochi. Check them out and try to keep your feet on the ground.

  • Gold Medalist Alexander Legkov Of Russia
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    Men's 50 km Mass Start Free
  • Gold Medalist Eric Frenzel Of Germany
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    Nordic Combined - Men's Individual Gundersen NH / 10 km, Cross-Country
  • Bronze Medalist Denny Morrison Of Canada
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    Men's Speed Skating 1500m
  • Germany's Silver Medalists Eric Frenzel, Bjoern Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek & Fabian Riessle
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    Nordic Combined Team LH / 4x5 km Cross-Country
  • Gold Medallist Michel Mulder Of The Netherlands
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    Men's 500m Speed Skating
  • Gold Medallists Tobias Arlt & Tobias Wendl Of Germany
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    Luge Doubles
  • Bronze Medalist Anders Bardal Of Norway
    Men's normal hill ski jumping
  • Silver Medalist Noriaki Kasai Of Japan
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    Men's Ski Jumping Large Hill
  • Bronze Medalist Olga Graf Of Russia
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    Women's Speed Skating 3000m
  • Bronze Medalist Fabian Riessle Of Germany
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    Men's Nordic Combined
  • Silver Medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace Of Team USA
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    Women's Skeleton
  • Gold Medalist Marielle Thompson, Silver Medalist Kelsey Serwa Of Canada
    Women's ski cross

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Top Medal Winners
1 Russia 13 11 9
2 United States 9 7 12
3 Norway 11 5 10
4 Canada 10 10 5
5 Netherlands 8 7 9
6 Germany 8 6 5
Latest Medal Results
Ice Hockey - Men
Bobsleigh - Four-man
United States
Cross-Country - Men's 50km Mass Start Free
Russia - Alexander Legkov
Russia - Maxim Vylegzhanin
Russia - Ilia Chernousov
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