Instead of going to Disney World after winning gold in the women's snowboarding slopestyle event, Jamie Anderson said she'll be headed to Wanderlust—a yoga retreat on the North Shore of Oahu—to celebrate.

Anderson credits yoga practice with helping her stay physically and mentally strong, and she's not the only one who feels that way in Sochi. We discovered so many Olympians-cum-yogis that if the United States Yoga Federation ever succeeds in making yoga asana, or posture yoga, an official Olympic sport, we'll most likely see some cross-sport competitors.

As the following images illustrate, women athletes tend to share their practice more on social media, but they aren't the only ones benefiting from yoga. America's coed luge team, for instance, is partnering with Indian rival Shiva Keshavan in order to gain stretching tips.

"Yoga is something we have had with the team for a few years now," U.S. coach Mark Grimmette has said. "But Shiva and his wife know yoga well, so they have been facilitating those sessions."

These Olympians take yoga practice to the next—and, very often, gorgeous—level, proving that there is so much more to Olympic gold than the judges' score or the time on a clock.

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