Best of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

It's a night of pomp and circumstance for the world's top athletes. Take a look at the best moments from the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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Fireworks are seen over Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The opening ceremony for the Sochi Games hit a bump when only four of the five Olympic Rings materialized in a wintry opening scene.The unveiling of the rings is always one of the most iconic moments of an opening ceremony, and Putin has been determined to use the ceremony as an introduction of the new Russia to the world.
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Five large, glowing snowflakes emerged from a whimsical opening meant to depict the four seasons. They floated to the top of Fisht arena and, one by one, started to morph into the rings. But only four joined together while the fifth remained a snowflake, apparently stuck behind the rest of them.nThe five were supposed to join together and erupt in pyrotechnics to get the party started. Instead, they were eventually darkened and moved out of the arena, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin was introduced.
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Fireworks are seen over Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Robotic mascots perform during the opening ceremony.
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Robotic mascots perform during the opening ceremony.
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony.
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A light show is seen during the opening ceremony.
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Shaun White of the United States Olympic team enters the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Liza Temnikova as Lubov performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Three women in traditional Russian costumes dance as they watch the live broadcast of the opening ceremony.
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Russian duo t.A.T.u. Lena Katina, third from left, and Yulia Volkova, second from left, perform on stage before the opening ceremony.
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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Members of the Danish team cheer as they enter the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, applaud during the playing of the Russian national anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Ekaterina Sazonova, 28, holds a Russian flag while waiting to watch the live broadcast.
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Natalya Kurochkina watches the live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Fisht Olympic Stadium is illuminated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia.
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An image is projected on the floor during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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The Russian Interior Ministry choir perform prior to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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A Russian child yawns while others wave the national flag as the national anthem is being played during the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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A Russian man reacts as he watches the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia.
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The Great Britain team is introduced during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday,
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Armin Zoeggeler of Italy carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Russian children scream as they watch the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in downtown Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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British athletes wave the national flag as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Brazil arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach attend the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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Vladislav Bykanov of Israel carries his country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Shaun White enters the stadium with the United States Olympic team during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Athletes from the United States wave to spectators as they arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Fireworks burst out over the Olympic Park during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium.
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