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2014 Commonwealth Games

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The 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off with opening ceremonies in Scotland Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The sports showcase brings together competitive athletes from Britain and former British colonies.

  • Fireworks explode over the stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

    Scott Heppell / The Associated Press

    Fireworks explode over the stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

  • Performers carry chairs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

    Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

    Performers carry chairs during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

  • Performers sing and dance during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

    Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

    Performers sing and dance during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

  • Iconic rocker Rod Stewart performs at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

    Iconic rocker Rod Stewart performs at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Canada's flag bearer, Susan Nattrass, leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday.

    Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

    Canada's flag bearer, Susan Nattrass, leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday.

  • Queen Elizabeth, right, waits as Chris Hoy, the most successful Olympian in British history, left, and Commonwealth Games Federation President Prince Tunku Imran work to open the baton containing the Queen's message, at the Games' opening ceremony.

    Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

    Queen Elizabeth, right, waits as Chris Hoy, the most successful Olympian in British history, left, and Commonwealth Games Federation President Prince Tunku Imran work to open the baton containing the Queen's message, at the Games' opening ceremony.

  • Sir Chris Hoy holds up the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    Sir Chris Hoy holds up the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a large video screen as she speaks during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seen on a large video screen as she speaks during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • An Australian athlete does a handstand as she arrives with her teammates during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

    Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

    An Australian athlete does a handstand as she arrives with her teammates during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

  • Canadian Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc is part of the escort of athletes delivering the Games' flag at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park, Glasgow.

    Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

    Canadian Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc is part of the escort of athletes delivering the Games' flag at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park, Glasgow.

  • England's flag bearer Nick Matthews leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    England's flag bearer Nick Matthews leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

  • South African athletes react as they arrive in the stadium to take part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday.

    Frank Augstein / The Associated Press

    South African athletes react as they arrive in the stadium to take part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday.

  • Flag bearer Susan Nattrass leads the Canadian team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

    Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

    Flag bearer Susan Nattrass leads the Canadian team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

  • Malaysia's flag bearer Muhammad Imaadi Aba Aziz arrives with his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday July 23, 2014. The Malaysian team was wearing black armbands to mark the recent crash of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    Malaysia's flag bearer Muhammad Imaadi Aba Aziz arrives with his team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday July 23, 2014. The Malaysian team was wearing black armbands to mark the recent crash of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17.

  • South Africa's flag bearer Cecil Sebastian Afrika leads the team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday.

    Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press

    South Africa's flag bearer Cecil Sebastian Afrika leads the team during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday.

  • Members of the Canadian team take photos as they march into the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

    Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

    Members of the Canadian team take photos as they march into the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

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