Opening Ceremony

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Fireworks explode after the live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP PhotoJae C. Hong)
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The United States team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoRobert F. Bukaty)
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Performers wearing illuminated suits create the Russian flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoRobert F. Bukaty)
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoRobert F. Bukaty)
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Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway 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. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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Characters perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip )
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One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPetr David Josek)
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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The Canadian team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip )
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In a combo of frame grabs taken from Russian television, five snowflakes float together in Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. During the live ceremony, the fifth ring failed to fully open to create the Olympics rings. On Russian television, producers inserted footage from a dress rehearsal when all five rings joined together and erupted in pyrotechnics.(AP Photo)
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Simon Ammann of Switzerland holds his national flag and enters the arena with teammates during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoIvan Sekretarev)
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Marvin Dixon of Jamaica carries the national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Marvin Dixon of Jamaica carries the national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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A spectator takes a video of the opening ceremony on her mobile phone at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMatt Dunham)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPetr David Josek)
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Todd Lodwick of the United States holds his national flag and enters the arena with teammates during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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The Olympic flag is carried during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoRobert F. Bukaty)
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Illuminated figures are suspended during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Baker)
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The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.(AP PhotoPetr David Josek)
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The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoJung Yeon-je, Pool)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)
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Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak run before lighting the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMatt Slocum, Pool)
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The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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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. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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Todd Lodwick of the United States 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. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)
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Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, left, runs with the Olympic torch next to Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP PhotoJung Yeon-je, Pool)
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The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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The 2014 Winter Olympic games official mascots, the Leopard, the Polar Bear, and the Hare, perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoLionel Bonaventure, Pool)
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Sculptures cross the stage during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoLionel Bonaventure, Pool)
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The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoBernat Armangue)
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Vladsilav Tretyak holds the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Alina Kabaeva holds the torch flanked by Maria Sharapova, right, and Alexandr Karelin during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Members of the Chinese team cheer during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoRobert F. Bukaty)
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Conor Lyne of Ireland carries his country flag as the Irish team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMatt Dunham)
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The United States team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)
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Spectators wave the Russian flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)
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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. (AP PhotoDarron Cummings)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin waits in the presidential lounge to be introduced at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP PhotoDavid Goldman, Pool)
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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip )
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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoJulio Cortez)
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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 PhotoMatt Slocum, Pool)
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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip )
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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoJulio Cortez)
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A light show is seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip )
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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 PhotoBernat Armangue)
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Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoJulio Cortez)
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Russia's Maria Sharapova carries the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMatt Dunham)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP PhotoMark Humphrey)

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The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics was held Friday.

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