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Sochi 2014: The Opening Ceremony

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Right now, in Sochi, Russia, the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games is under way. The ceremony is a huge spectacle, including thousands of athletes in the Parade of Nations, pyrotechnics, dancing, lightshows, and more. [41 photos total]

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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the beginning of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the beginning of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
People line up to enter the stadium before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
The sun sets over Sochi's Olympic Park, on February 7, 2014. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) #
Fireworks erupt at the start of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Friday, February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #
Performers take the field during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) #
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) #
Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
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) #
One of the five Olympic rings failed to unfold during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski) #
Performers in lighted clothing in Fisht Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
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) #
The Greek Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives in Sochi, Russia, on, February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #
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) #
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) #
Members of the Russian team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #
A massive troika, three harnessed horses, during the opening ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
A Russian ship is projected on the floor of Fisht Stadium in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
Artists perform in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #
Actors perform during the opening ceremony in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
A look at Russia's Soviet past in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) #
Performers in the opening ceremony in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #
Liza Temnikova, as Lyubov, releases the red balloon of communism in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dancers perform in Natasha Rostova's First Ball on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #
Dancers Svetlana Zakharova and Ivan Vasiliev perform during the opening ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young) #
Dancers perform during in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) #
Dancers perform during in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Sochi Olympics winter games official Hare mascot, in Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) #
A performance during the opening ceremony in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
A performance during the opening ceremony in Sochi, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #
Olympic athletes are depicted in lights int Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) #
Artists perform during the opening ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) #
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium, February 7, 2014. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images) #
Russian tennis player and Olympic medalist Maria Sharapova carries the Olympic torch into Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images) #
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Stadium during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images) #
Former hockey player Vladislav Tretiak (right) and figure skater Irina Rodnina light the Olympic cauldron together on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Pool) #
Fire races up the Olympic Cauldron, on February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) #
Fireworks explode over Sochi at the end of the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Olympic flame, lit during the Opening Ceremony, on February 7, 2014. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) #
Fireworks explode over Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 7, 2014. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) #
Fireworks explode after the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov) #

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