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Fireworks erupt over Fisht Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday.Joe Scarnici / Getty Images

Seven years and $50 billion after it won the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Russia shows itself off to the world Friday in a dazzling opening ceremony that will bring together almost 3,000 athletes from a record 88 countries.

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