Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Opening ceremony

Updated: Mar 11, 2014, 12:32
  • The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi Friday with an extravagant opening ceremony
    Fireworks explode over the Olympic park and the Olympic flame cauldron at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014
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    Russian tennis player and Olympic medalist Maria Sharapova runs with the Olympic torch
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    Ballet dancers Danila Korsuntsev and Svetlana Zakharova perform during the Opening Ceremony
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    Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium
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    Independent Olympic Participants (IOP), alpine skier Himanshu Thakur (R), cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal (C) and luger Shiva Keshavan (L), enter during the opening ceremony
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    A military choir performs at the Fisht Olympic Stadium
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    The Russian flag flutters during the opening ceremony
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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin declares the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics open
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    The Olympic flame is lit outside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi
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    World pole vault champion and mayor of Olympic village Elena Isinbayeva holds the Olympic flame
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    Artists perform at the Sochi Winter Olympics
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    The Sochi Winter Olympic games official mascots, the Leopard, the Polar Bear, and the Hare, perform during the opening ceremony
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    Liza Temnikova as Lyubov (Love) performs during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics
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    Moldova's delegation parades during the opening ceremony
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    Jamaica's flag bearer, bobsledder Marvin Dixon leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony
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The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi Friday with an extravagant opening ceremony. All pics AFP

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