7 February 2014, 20:00

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: let the Games begin

Sochi, Russia

Sochi, Russia

Sochi, Russia

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are oficially opened in Sochi on Friday, February 7. The opening ceremony started exactly at 20:14 at Sochi's Fisht Stadium (16:14 GMT). The Olympic flag with five rings symbolising the unity of athletes around the world is solemnly hoisted and the Olympic flame is lit.

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    At Fisht stadium there were fireworks or light approximately every three seconds!
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    The fireworks symbolize the beginning of the Olympic games
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    This is fantastic!
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    WOW!!! The Olympic fire in Sochi is lit!

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  • 22:55
    Hockey great Vladislav Tretiak and 3-time gold medalist Irina Rodnina light Sochi Games cauldron.
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    Figure skater Irina Rodnina takes the torch
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    Ex rhythmic gymnast and politician Alina Kabaeva takes the Olympic torch to give it to Vyacheslav Tretyak

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  • 22:52
    Roller skaters lit up in white LED costumes, enter from both sides
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    Show is going on: Projection transforms the floor into a stunning starrynight sky.
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    Tennis star Maria Sharapova is running with the olympic torch at Fisht stadium

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    Here is the OLYMPIC FLAME!

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    There are dancers on roller blades. They have illuminated costumes. Meanwhile, stars illuminate around the stadium. Not just stars but entire constellations. Galaxies of the things.

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  • 22:47

    Olympic champion Anastasia Bobkova among the ones pronouncing the Olympic oath

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  • 22:42
    "The Olympic anthem performed by the great Anna Netrebko. Loving Sochi2014! Such an amazing quality!" tweets EuropaVox
  • 22:41
    Russian torchbearer Zakharov wishes good luck to all sportsmen
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    Netrebko is in an amazing baby blue dress. She is such a diva!
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    Famous Russian operatic soprano Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is the one performing the anthem.

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  • 22:36
    The Olympic anthem is being performed right now!
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    Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space, is now with the Olympic flag
  • 22:32
    Chulpan Khamatova, famous Russian actress, is the one who carries the Olympic flag
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    The olympic flag is carried out!

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  • 22:30
    So Sochi-2014 Olympics has officially begun! Congrats to all sport lovers!
  • 22:28

    Miriinsky ballet is performing the famous Swan Lake

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  • 22:28
    And then fireworks stop, to allow the doves of peace. Which turn out not to be doves at all, but Swan Lake. Very beautiful!
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    Now we see a lot of fireworks!

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  • 22:27

    "I announce the 22 olympic winter games OPEN!", said Russian President Vladimir Putin

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    "I ask putin to announce the opening of the 22nd olympic games", says Bach
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    Vladimir Putin is on the stage
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    "To all of you, be joy, be olympic, enjoy the games in Sochi" - bach
  • 22:26
    "Join our fight for the fair games, expect the rules, be clean, respect your competitors", Bach addresses sportsmen and Sochi guests
  • 22:25
    "Olympic games is the sport fest for all humanity. Thank you for supporting the sportsmen, they are the best representatives of your county, they are the best of the best," said Bach
  • 22:24
    Olympic games always bring people together, underlines IOC President
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    "Thank you, Russia, for organizing this Winter Olympic games. You've come here for sport, for your Olympic dream. and I wish you that your Olympic dream come true," said Bach
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    Thank you for your Russian welcoming, said President of the International Olympic Committee
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    Now you are living in the Olympics, and I hope you will make as much as you can out of it, said Bach

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  • 22:20
    "Thanks to Russian President Vladmir Putin, IOC, and everyone involved into the Olympics! Thank you" - Bach
  • 22:17
    Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, delivers his speech at the Sochi Games’ Opening.
  • 22:17
    Now it's time to wake up - Sochi-2104 OCOG President Dmitry Chernyshenko and IOC President Thomas Bach are on stage
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    Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee, speaking during at the Sochi Games’ opening ceremony: "Hello. You athletes are very impressive. Russia is a nice country. The Olympics are a pretty cool thing, aren’t they? Thanks for watching. And for volunteering! That last bit was mainly aimed at the volunteers. The Games will be hot. Cool. And yours - promised by Dmitriy Chernyshenko!"

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  • 22:12
    The ones who follow the opening ceremony of Sochi-2014 Olympics note terrible commentary on the show by some Western media. "Channel ten coverage of Sochi2014 ceremony. Really spoiling the spectacle, undermining the beauty, wonder, surprise", tweets Suzy Grierson
  • 22:09

    The Great Patriotic War is a tragic chapter, but life goes on. People build a new world.

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  • 22:04
    Russian boxing legend Nikolai Valuyev as a traffic policeman.
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    Ballet dances interrupted by the sound of an approaching train. Industrialization.

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  • 21:59
    This history of Russia is performed. Right now, its the Russian revolution in an avant garde style. Driving music, everything bathed in red light, and large mechanical-type things are rolled around by dancers.
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    The performers dance to Eugene Doga’swaltz from or “My Sweet and TenderBeast.”

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  • 21:54

    Moscow Bolshoi Theater prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova dancing the part of Natasha.

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  • 21:51
    Russian ballet is performing at the stadium. Natasha’s first ball from Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace”.
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    Scenes from Peter the Great’s Russia, symbolizing the glory of the Russian Army and Navy and the construction of St. Petersburg.

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  • 21:45

    The show comes back to the stages of Russian history. The troika of horses flies across the sky of the stadium.

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  • 21:39
    Dj Rudenko is responsible for music mix at the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening.
  • 21:32

    The Sochi Olympics’ mascots – the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard – appear at the stadium.

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  • 21:28
    The athletes’ parade is over.
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    Alexander Tikhonov best Russian biathlete of 20th century is in Sochi supporing the Russian Olympic team.

  • 21:27
    Bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, 39, is Team Russia’s flag bearer. This is his third Olympiad.
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    All welcome the biggest team - the Russian team.

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    Tatu song is playing for the Russian team.

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  • 21:22
    Russian Olympic team parading into the stadium.
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    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Sochi Olympics’ opening ceremony.

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  • 21:16

    Team Russia will parade the last, according to the IOC rules.

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    Yanukovych welcomes Ukrainian team.
  • 21:14

    USA put up a record number of 230 athletes for the Sochi Games.

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  • 21:13

    Team Norway is one of the strongest Olympic teams in Sochi.

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  • 21:13
    Togo team in colorful suits are welcomed at fisht stadium.
  • 21:12
    The athletes will soon fill the vacant seats and watch the opening ceremony along with the others.
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    Vanessa May alone represents Thailand.
  • 21:08

    The Chinese national Olympic team’s flag bearer Tong Jian.

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  • 21:07

    Mexican Olympic team:

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  • 21:02
    Russian bobsledder Irina Skvortsova, who narrowly escaped death in a terrible accident on the track in 2009, is sitting near Vladimir Putin
  • 20:59

    Brazilian national Olympic team:

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  • 20:57
    Spectators of the Games, as if they were space tourists, observe everything that is going on from the interstellar space
  • 20:56

    The UK team are wearing ear-flapped fur hats.

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  • 20:54
    When the name of the country is uttered the projecton of the planet moves and outlines of this country are lit up.
  • 20:53
    Tennis player Maria Sharapova has praised the atmosphere at the opening of the Games in Sochi. "Excellent atmosphere at the Olympics opening. We've been waiting for this moment for many years," Sharapova wrote on Twitter.
  • 20:48

    Sportsmen from Belarus parading into the stadium, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko stands to greet the Belarussian team.

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  • 20:46

    Here is Greek national Olympic team:

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  • 20:39
    Athletes' parade - The athletes have started parading into the stadium, following the order of the Russian alphabet.
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    The parade of athletes begins.

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  • 20:37

    The Russian national flag is raised at the Sochi Olympics’ opening ceremony.

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  • 20:34

    The Sochi Olympics will be record-breaking in several respects. Taking part in the Sochi Games will be athletes from 88 countries, six countries more than four years ago in Vancouver in 2010. A total of 98 sets of medals will be contested, 12 sets more than in Vancouver.

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  • 20:34

    Putin and anthem - President Vladimir Putin is presented to the crowd.

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  • 20:31

    The show is set to last just under three hours. The opening marks the culmination of years of preparations for the Winter Games.

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  • 20:31
    The 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium was a carnival of lights and fireworks ahead of President Vladimir Putin arriving to officially open the $50 billion Olympics which run until February 23. A host of political heavyweights will attend the ceremony including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is facing a protest uprising at home.
  • 20:31

    The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics got underway on Friday in Russia.

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