A group of Russian dancers points their hands upward while performing during the Sochi Winter Olympics's opening ceremony. The ceremony, themed "Dreams of Russia," featured a montage of the country's historical and cultural highlights.
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Traditionally attired dancers make their way into the arena among a sea of fog.
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Emblems of the Soviet era, a giant hammer and sickle played a large part in the ceremony.
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GOING IN CIRCLES
Dancers light their own way as they twirl in illuminated wardrobes.
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PAS DE DEUX
An homage to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, a pair performs a ballet amid a (faux) snowscape.
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GEARS IN MOTION
Round and round go large, red gears symbolizing the Russian Revolution of 1917.
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ALL A BLUR
Roller skaters get off to a speedy start for a segment known as "Olympic Gods," sporting LED-lit costumes and moving to the sounds of Daft Punk's "The Game Has Changed."
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Russian gymnast Liza Temnikova, 11, portrays character Lyubov ("love") in a sequence dubbed Moskva (Moscow), celebrating the city's growth in modern times.
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Russia's many landscapes float across the sky, showing off the expanse of the great nation.
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A fireworks display illuminates the sky above Fisht Stadium as the Olympic Flame burns bright.