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Sochi Opening Ceremony Dazzles

Russia ushered in the 2014 Winter Olympics with a dazzling fireworks display and an opening ceremony rooted in traditional music and dance.

. Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the start of the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

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. Rollerskaters perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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. Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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. Dancers perform under a giant hammer and sickle, Soviet symbols.

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. Russia's Maria Sharapova carries the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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. Dancers perform with inflated onion domes during the opening ceremony. Onion domes are common in Russian architecture.

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. Dancers perform during the opening ceremony.

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. Dancers perform in Natasha Rostova's First Ball during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

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. Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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. Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Rites of Spring.

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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.

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. Athlete marshals come together to form the Russian flag.

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. Athlete marshals come together to form the Russian flag.

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. Skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany's Olympic team carries her country's flag.

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. Snowflakes hover above performers of Voices of Russia.

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. Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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. Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia.

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. Yulia Volkova, left, and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7.

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. A military choir performs during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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. Fans make their way to Fisht Stadium for the opening ceremony.

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. An overwiew of the Olympic Park with the Bolshoy Ice Dome shortly before the opening ceremony.

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. A Canadian fan with Olympic rings shaved into his hair makes his way to the opening ceremony.

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