American Patrick Deneen skis to a fourth-place finish in the 2010 men's moguls freestyle World Cup at Cypress mountain in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Mogul skiers aim to traverse the bumpy slope as quickly as possible while performing two jumps on the way down.
Britain's ice dancers Sinead Kerr, right, and John Kerr, left, perform during the gala exhibition at the 2010 European figure skating championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The siblings are seven-time British national champions and will compete in the Vancouver Games in their second Olympic appearance.
New Zealand's Hans Frauenlob aims the stone during a preliminary round curling match against the United States at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Petter Northug of Norway fights his way to a first-place finish in the 2010 Tour de Ski Men's 30 km pursuit race in northern Italy. A grueling event modeled on cycling races, it includes eight races in 10 days, taking place in three different countries.
A German four-man team bolts to a first place finish at a recent World Cup, with Americans taking silver and bronze.
Andrea Henkel (r.) and Martina Beck of Germany, a biathlon powerhouse with excellent marksmen, compete in the 7.5 km sprint event at a recent World Cup. Both women are three-time Olympic medalists.
Errol Kerr, who will represent Jamaica at the Vancouver Olympics, finishes a practice run in Alpine Meadows, Calif. Kerr, a Jamaican-American dual citizen, could win Jamaica’s first Winter Olympic medal.
A member of the winter and ice swimming club 'Seehunde Berlin,' or Berlin Seals, takes a dip in the frozen Oranke lake in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 25. Every Christmas, club members meet for a swim at the lake.
The Caribbean: St. Jean Bay in Saint Barth is shown here.
A pedestrian braves the snow in northeastern Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 19. A major winter storm buried the Mid-Atlantic and East coast over the weekend.