Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the 2014 Winter Olympics open at the opening ceremony in Sochi.

  • A general view of Fisht Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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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.
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  • Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the beginning of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Reindeer stand in a Russian rural landscape scene as it floats past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014.
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  • Scenes from some of the seven islands that represent the diversity of Russia float past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Performers sing as the Olympic rings are readied to be presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings with one failing to form during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • US flag bearer, nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Olympic mascots the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard wave during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin waits in the presidential lounge to be introduced at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as a television screen displays snowflakes transforming into Olympic rings at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Diana Vishneva performs "Dove of Peace" during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • A dancer performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Russia.
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  • Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Ballet dancers Danila Korsuntsev and Svetlana Zakharova perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Dancers perform with inflated objects during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Dancers perform with inflated objects during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Sculptures and a hammer and sickle are seen floating over street scene during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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  • Alexandr Karelin (2R) hands the Olympic torch to Alina Kabaeva (R) as Elena Isinbaeva (L) and Maria Sharapova look on during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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  • Russian tennis player and Olympic medalist Maria Sharapova runs with the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014.
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  • Irina Rodnina (figure skating) and Vladislav Tretyak (hockey) light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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  • Fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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