"The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American." - Thomas Jefferson
Pictured Above: Today is the official opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, where the best distraction from the massive budgetary oversights and underwhelming general readiness have been the helmets of athletes competing in the skeleton luge. A regular event since 2002, participants slide down a frozen track while lying face down, head first, experiencing forces up to 5g. Katie Uhlaender's all-American get-up is sure get that patriotism pumping.