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Whether watching from home, from a shopping mall or in front of an open-air screen, people in Russia and beyond were captivated by the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. A family with their cat watches the television broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek on Feb. 7, 2014.

A Russian woman watches the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia.Wong Maye-E / AP
A Russian child runs past a giant screen where people gather to watch the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia.Wong Maye-E / AP
People watch the television broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Atrium shopping mall in Moscow, on Feb. 7, 2014.DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV / AFP - Getty Images
People watch the television broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Armenia's capital Yerevan, on Feb. 7, 2014.KAREN MINASYAN / AFP - Getty Images