Sochi 2014: The Opening Ceremony

Right now, in Sochi, Russia, the Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games is under way. The ceremony is a huge performance, with the host nation of Russia presenting itself on the world stage, introducing thousands of athletes in the Parade of Nations, firing off pyrotechnics, choreographing dancers, lightshows, and more. We'll start out with a handful of images from the start of the ceremony, and I'll be posting updates throughout the day, as more great photos become available. [43 photos total]

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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People line up to enter the stadium before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
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The sun sets over Sochi's Olympic Park, on February 7, 2014. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) #
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Fireworks erupt at the start of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Friday, February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #
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Performers take the field during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Liza Temnikova, as "Lyubov", is lifted into the air during a performance, holding a long kite, flying above a theatrical Russian landscape, in the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #
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Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
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Reindeer stand near gurs as a Russian rural landscape scene floats past during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) #
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One of the five Olympic rings failed to unfold during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski) #
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Performers in lighted clothing in Fisht Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, applaud during the playing of the Russian national anthem, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
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The Greek Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives in Sochi, Russia, on, February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #
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Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads team USA into Fisht Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #
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Nordic combined skier Mario Stecher of the Austria Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 7, 2014. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) #
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7 in Sochi, Russia. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #
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Scenes from some of the seven islands that represent the diversity of Russia float past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7 in Sochi. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Russian families gather at the Sochi port to watch the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Feb. 7,in downtown Sochi, Russia. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press) #
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Athlete marshals light up to form a Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, in Sochi, Russia. (Clive Mason/Getty Images) #
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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 7. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters) #
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press) #
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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7. (Phil Noble/Reuters) #
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The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7. (Jim Young/Reuters) #
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. (ATYANA ZENKOVICH/EPA) #
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Dancers perform among large helium inflatables creating the elements of St. Basil's cathedral during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. (HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA) #
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Floats representing St. Basil's Cathedral are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters) #
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Zimbabwe's flag-bearer Luke Steyn waves as he leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) #
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Skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch of the Germany Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Image was created using a variable planed lens. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) #
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Lithuania's flag-bearer Deividas Stagniunas leads his country's contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Jim Young/Reuters) #
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Flag-bearer Todd Lodwick of the U.S. (L) leads his country's contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Issei Kato/Reuters) #
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Russian families gather and wave their national flag during the national anthem as they watch the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in downtown Sochi, Russia. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press) #
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Russian model Irina Shayk leads Russia's flag bearer, bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, and the delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Dancers perform in Natasha Rostova's First Ball during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
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Scissor-lift platforms and banners create an urban landscape during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. (HOW HWEE YOUNG/EPA) #
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Mark Blinch/Reuters) #
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A young Russian boy is hugged by his father as they watch the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in downtown Sochi, Russia. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press) #
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press) #
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Dancers perform Time Forward!/Suprematic Ballet during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
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Actors perform as characters from the time of Peter the Great during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium. ( Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) #
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Ballet dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters) #
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images) #
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General view of the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia. (ANATOLY MALTSEV/EPA) #
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Fireworks explode behind the Olympic torch after it was lit at end of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press) #

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