21 incredible photos from the figure skating gala exhibition at the Winter Olympics

As has become tradition at the Winter Olympics, one of the final events of the games was actually not an event at all, but rather an exhibition — the figure skating gala.

After two weeks of competition in five events, the gala is a chance for the figure skaters to let their hair down, have a little fun, and entertain the fans without the pressure of having to impress the judges.

Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere and edgier lighting, the gala often produces the best figure skating photos of the Olympics and Pyeongchang 2018 did not disappoint.

Below we collected our favorite photos from Getty and Reuters.

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The best photos form the Olympic figure skating gala
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Alina Zagitova, Olympic Athlete from Russia, performs. REUTERS/John Sibley TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Kim Kyu-eun and Alex Kang-chan Kam of South Korea perform. REUTERS/John Sibley
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Misha Ge of Uzbekistan performs. REUTERS/John Sibley
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Evgenia Medvedeva, Olympic Athlete from Russia, performs. REUTERS/John Sibley
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Kim Kyu-eun and Alex Kang-chan Kam of South Korea perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Javier Fernandez of Spain performs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Gala Exhibition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Shoma Uno of Japan performs. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Shoma Uno of Japan performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue of Canada perform during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: The Olympic medalists perform during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Satako Miyahara of Japan performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: The Olympic medalists perform during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day 16 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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