Dreams of Russia – Olympics opening ceremony

Fireworks over Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7, 2014.
Fireworks over Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7, 2014.

Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, 7th February, 2014.. 3000 artists were eventually selected for the preparation of the show and even many more volunteers helped organize the Festival. At auditions candidates often danced in «Gangnam Style». The youngest participant is 5 years old, the oldest – 67. The show begins with the theme “Dreams of Russia” – the most complex technically show in the history. A girl named Lyubov leads the audience through the presentation and becomes the main character.

The Russian flag was raised by cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, Svetlana Savitskaya, Roman Romanenko, Fedor Yurchikhin and Elena Serova. The anthem of Russia was performed by the choir of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery.
The Russian flag was raised by cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev, Svetlana Savitskaya, Roman Romanenko, Fedor Yurchikhin and Elena Serova. The anthem of Russia was performed by the choir of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery.

20:18 – Olympics opening ceremony

She leads the viewer through the millennia, through an incredibly diverse country, spread to 6.6 million kilometers, nine time zones and 150 peoples of 114,000,000th population

The arena turns into floating islands and volcanoes. Chukotka reindeer and yurts. Actors appear out of the mist, symbolizing the nationalities inhabiting Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach applaud after singing the Russian national anthem on February 7, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach applaud after singing the Russian national anthem on February 7, 2014.

20:25

Following the presentation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach, Russian national anthem is played in the hall. Sretensky Choir performs.

On the arene appear athletes with flags of their countries. The most conservative part of the ceremony – the parade of athletes was not boring at all. By tradition, the parade started with the Greeks.

For the first time, the mascots were chosen through an open general vote, as a result of which the White Bear, Leopard and Bunny received the largest number of votes.
For the first time, the mascots were chosen through an open general vote, as a result of which the White Bear, Leopard and Bunny received the largest number of votes.

20:36

In accordance with Olympic tradition, now begins the parade of athletes under the music mix DJ Rudenko

Standard-bearer of the Russian national team Alexander Zubkov during the parade of athletes and members of national delegations at the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Liza Temnikova, an 11-year-old gymnast from Krasnodar, played the main character of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on February 7, 2014.
Liza Temnikova, an 11-year-old gymnast from Krasnodar, played the main character of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on February 7, 2014.
21:57

The transition to the twentieth century displayed rather symbolically – it is all combined together, and then destroyed: in the air, avant-garde parts are assembled into a mechanical horse to the sound of “Time, Forward!” by composer Georgy Sviridov.

Spotlights flooded the scene in red – the color of the revolution. Catchy Soviet newspapers are projected on the floor. Choreography draws an image of a modern, changing city and changing relationships: young lovers become the bride and groom, and then the fathers and mothers with strollers – welcome to the 80s USSR.

National team from Austria
National team from Austria

The stadium “Fischt” in Sochi held colorful and technically ambitious opening ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2014. Show became the basis of the history and Russian ballet performance based on the ball of Natasha Rostova character of War and Peace by Tolstoy, and on arena floor was projected view of our planet from space.

Enchanting show is over. On the arena appear athletes, carrying the torch to the bowl to light the fire of the Games. The first was Maria Sharapova

Powerful performance, incredible show, massive performances, crazy special effects - all this is the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Powerful performance, incredible show, massive performances, crazy special effects – all this is the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Some images behind the scene of Winter Olympics in Sochi, February 7:
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US national team flag bearer Todd Lodwick during the Parade of Athletes and National Delegations February 7, 2014.
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Three horses are floating in the air. The white winter troika brings the sun.
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Theatrical performance during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi
Olympics opening ceremony
The Russian team is coming! The Tatu bands will not catch up with us. The standard-bearer of the Russian national team is bobsledder Alexander Zubkov.
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The girl Lyuba, traveling in a dream through the history and culture of Russia.
Olympics opening ceremony
The girl launches a kite and flies with it. The girl’s name is Love. The whole action is called Dreams of Russia.
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Tennis player Maria Sharapova brought the Olympic flame of the 2014 Winter Olympics to the Fisht stadium. Then the torch was handed over to Elena Isinbaeva, Alexander Karelin …
Team USA
USA Team 
Team Russia
Team Russia
Team Germany
Team Germany
Russian ship is projected at the Fisht stadium
Russian ship is projected at the Fisht stadium
Fireworks over Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7, 2014.
Fireworks over Fisht Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 7, 2014.
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Danila Korsuntsev and Svetlana Zakharova, along with the rest of the ballet dancers, present a theatrical version of War and Peace.
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A look at Russia’s Soviet past in Sochi on February 7, 2014.
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A colorful, multicolored show.
Olympics opening ceremony photo gallery
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