Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Updated 2008 GMT (0408 HKT) February 7, 2014
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Fireworks explode over Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, as the Olympic cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games on Friday, February 7. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Two of Russia's greatest athletes, Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak, light the Olympic cauldron. Rodnina was a three-time gold medalist in figure skating. Tretiak won three golds as goalie of the Soviet hockey team. Matt Slocum/Pool/Getty Images
Russian tennis player and Olympic silver medalist Maria Sharapova, left, passes the Olympic torch to pole-vaulting legend Yelena Isinbayeva. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sings the Olympic Anthem. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Olympic flag bearers carry the flag onto the floor during the opening ceremony. Clive Mason/Getty Images
Skier Todd Lodwick carries the American flag during the opening ceremony. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
U.S. skier Heidi Kloser tore knee ligaments and broke her femur during a warm-up run earlier in the day. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
The U.S. Olympic team enters the stadium. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
The Norwegian Olympic team enters. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Russia's delegation parades through the stadium. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Members of Italy's delegation wave to the crowd. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco enjoy the atmosphere. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Germany's flag bearer, skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch, leads the German delegation. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina delegation enter the stadium. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
A man watches the live telecast of the opening ceremony in downtown Sochi. Wong Maye-E/AP
The French delegation enters the stadium. ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
French Olympians take pictures. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Members of the German delegation wave during the opening ceremony. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Great Britain's flag bearer, short-track speed skater Jon Eley, waves as he leads the British delegation. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
The Canadians, led by hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, enter the stadium. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Snowboarder Alex Pullin of the Australian Olympic team carries his country's flag during the opening ceremony. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
The sun follows horses during the opening ceremony. The theme of the ceremony was "Dreams of Russia." ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
People move as a boat is projected across the floor of the stadium. ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Performers dance during the ceremony. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Performers skate around the stadium floor during the ceremony. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Artists perform during the ceremony. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Ballet dancer Diana Vishneva performs during the ceremony. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Dancers are seen during the ceremony. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Dancers perform a scene portraying the Russian Revolution of 1917. YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images
A girl performs during the event. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Text is projected on the floor of the stadium. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Anne, center, talks with people upon arriving for the opening ceremony. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
Performers in illuminated red, white and blue outfits prepare to form the Russian national flag. Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images
Dancers perform during the ceremony. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
A scene from the dancers' performance. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Dancers during the ceremony. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Performers sing during the event. YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images
Performers take their places inside the packed stadium. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
A girl takes a "magical kite ride through history" during the opening ceremony. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images
A general view of the stadium during the opening ceremony. Oktay Cilesiz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Putin waits to be introduced at the ceremony. David Goldman/Pool/Getty Images
Performers' jackets light up to form the Russian flag. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
The Olympic rings are presented during the opening ceremony -- but there seemed to be a malfunction on the top right ring. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
The Russian Interior Ministry choir performs before the opening ceremony. Mark Humphrey/AP
Before the start of the ceremony, the sun sets behind delegation flags. LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
A spectator poses for a photo as she arrives for the opening ceremony. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images