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Opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

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The opening ceremony was a celebration of Russia and present President Vladimir Putin's vision: a country with a rich and complex history emerging confidently from a rocky two decades and now capable of putting on a major international sports event.

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Fireworks explode behind the Olympic torch after it was lit at end of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Fireworks explode behind the Olympic torch after it was lit at end of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A man kneels to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky as the Olympic cauldron is lit at the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    A man kneels to watch fireworks illuminate the night sky as the Olympic cauldron is lit at the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • An Olympic rings fails to open during opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday, February 7, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    An Olympic rings fails to open during opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday, February 7, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries the national flag as she leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries the national flag as she leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries her country flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries her country flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries her country flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada carries her country flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Team Canada enters the arena during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Team Canada enters the arena during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • CORRECTS NATIONALITY - A Russian fan with Olympic rings shaved into his hair make his way to the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    CORRECTS NATIONALITY - A Russian fan with Olympic rings shaved into his hair make his way to the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

  • Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • during opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday, February 7, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    during opening ceremonies at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday, February 7, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Fireworks explode over Fisht Olympic Stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Fireworks explode over Fisht Olympic Stadium at the end of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Fireworks explode over Roza Khutor, near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, the mountain Olympic cluster, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, during opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Fireworks explode over Roza Khutor, near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, the mountain Olympic cluster, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, during opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

    Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A view of the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    A view of the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

  • Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

    Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Russian athletes wave to spectators as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Russian athletes wave to spectators as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, Pool)

    Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, Pool)

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

  • Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

    Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Illuminated dancers perform on roller skates during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

    Illuminated dancers perform on roller skates during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

  • "Lubov" (Love), the main character featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is suspended over the stadium floor at the start of the show at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

  • Performers costumed in illuminated red, white and blue outfits prepare to form the Russian national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

    Performers costumed in illuminated red, white and blue outfits prepare to form the Russian national flag during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

  • A mythical troika, a symbol of Russian courage, rushes through a storm during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at  Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

    A mythical troika, a symbol of Russian courage, rushes through a storm during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

  • The polar bear mascot moves through Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

    The polar bear mascot moves through Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

  • "Lubov" (Love), the main character featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is suspended over performers in classic Russian costumes at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

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