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Opening Ceremony 2014 Photos: Stunning Images From The Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 7:  Fireworks light up the sky over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at end of the opening ceremony of the
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 7: Fireworks light up the sky over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at end of the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014. Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi between the 7th and 23rd February 2014 begins after the opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics had a little bit of everything. There was no shortage of pomp. There was abundant circumstance. There were approximately 3,000 athletes from more than 80 countries. There was even an apparent lighting malfunction involving the iconic interlocking Olympic rings.

From the traditional "Parade of Nations" and the complex dance and music program dreamed up by the creative director Konstantin Ernst, to the lighting of the Olympic cauldron by Russian sports icons Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina, here are the most captivating images from the opening ceremony:

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PHOTOS: Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony
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