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In photos: Pomp and spectacle at the Olympic opening

Russia kicks off the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

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Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Fireworks light up the sky above the Sochi Olympic Park after the light of the Olympic Cauldron February 7, 2014 after the opening ceremony.

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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23.

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Alina Kabaeva carries the torch through the stadium as fellow torch bearers follow from left to right, Alexandr Karelin, Yelena Isinbaeva and Maria Sharapova during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Vladislav Tretyak carries the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova carries the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Performers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a hare, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Performers are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Giant horses are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

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Athletes enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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A girl flies through the air at Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014.

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Calgary native Hayley Wickenheiser leads Team Canada as they enter the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014.

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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Athletes from the United States wave to spectators as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany 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.

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Jon Eley of Britain carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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A map of Canada is projected onto the stadium floor as athletes march in during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.

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A Russian child yawns while others wave the national flag as the Russian national anthem is played during the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia.

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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 7, 2014.

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One of the Olympic rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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The Olympic rings are seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014 after one failed to open.

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Lena Katina, best known as half of the Russian pop music duo t.A.T.u., sings during a pre-show to the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies at Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.

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An image is projected on the floor during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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