Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony: Russia welcomes the world
On the evening of 7th February 2014, the spectators inside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi were joined by millions of television viewers worldwide, to witness the breath-taking Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
The three-hour spectacular combined a tribute to the Olympic Movement along with a marvellous celebration of Russian history and culture that involved a cast of thousands, including sporting icons, ballet stars, acrobats and even cosmonauts - all set against a musical backdrop of Russian classical music.
Many of the flag bearers leading the national teams into the stadium came from the FIS disciplines including Alpine stars Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Maria-Hoefl Riesch of Germany. Further flag bearers were six-time Olympic Todd Lodwick of the United States, Mario Stecher of Austria, and reigning FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Champion Alex Pullin of Australia.