This is the first time Russia has hosted the Winter Olympics, which were kicked off with the breathtaking, graceful and captivating opening ceremony on Friday night.
Over 9,000 people worked on the high-tech, pyrotechnic performance, which signaled the start of the full sporting program for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The two-and-a-half hour show took us on a riveting 18-part roller-coaster ride through Russian history, from the times of ancient Russia to the modern era, presenting spectators highlights of Russian culture. Accompanied by the music of great Russian composers like Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Sviridov, it portrayed the path Russia took to become the country it is now.
The Olympic flag is brought on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.