SPOILER ALERT: This post divulges details of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which has not aired in the U.S.
Due to broadcasting delays, Americans will be among the last in the world to see the opening ceremony of the
Sochi Olympics, scheduled to air Friday at 7:30 ET.
But never fear, we have all the photos you need to whet your appetite: Photos of the steaming volcanoes, dancing jellyfish, flying girls, floating islands and, of course, fireworks! (Look close and you’ll also see a giant, some might say menacing, teddy bear.)
So for those of you desperate for your Olympic fix NOW, enjoy these highlights:
1. A Girl’s Kite Ride Over Russian Islands
A girl performer goes for a soaring kite ride over the Russian islands created in Fisht stadium Mark Blinch/Reuters/Landov 2. Dancing Jellyfishes, What Else?
Encircled in light, a group of dancers captivate the audience Tatyana/EPA/Landov Those aren’t jellyfish, they’re the first of many lighted dancers from the opening ceremony Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/Landov 3. The Olympic Gods, as a Light Show
Illuminated figures are suspended, framing Fisht stadium in light Mark Baker/AP 4. Classic Ballet Beauty
Bolshoi dancer Svetlana Zakharova does a stunning ballerina spin for the Olympic crowds Alberto Puzzoli/AFP/Getty 5. The Arrival of the Torch
Alina Kabaeva carries the Olympic torch into the stadium for its final leg Ryan Pierse/Getty 6. The Cauldron!
The Olympic Cauldron is lit. Let the games begin! Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters/Landov 7. The World Map (as a Stage)
An overhead view of the stage, picturing the countries of the world, used for the athletes’ parade Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters/Landov 8. Team USA!
The United States team is all smiles while entering Fisht stadium for the athletes’ parade Patrick Semansky/AP 9. Performers on Wheels
Glowing performers switch dance shoes for roller blades as part of a fast-moving opening ceremony routine Barbara Walton/EPA 10. Russian History, Renacted
Scissor-lift platforms and banners create an impressive urban landscape for a retelling of Russia’s history Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/Landov Traditional Russian dancers emerge from the fog to wow the crowds … and enjoy the fake snow Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT
PHOTOS: Ranking the Wildest Olympics Opening Ceremony Outfits 11. The Fireworks
Fireworks set the sky ablaze over Olympic Park Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters/Landov 12. That Giant Teddy Bear
Giant animatronic versions of the Sochi Olympics’ mascots, Hare, Bear and Leopard, tower over the crowds Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Landov 13. The Magical Balloon Ride
A young girl grabs on tight for a beautiful balloon ride through the opening ceremony Patrick Semansky/AP 14. An Underwater Dance Routine
Dancers make their own waves as part of Natasha Rostova’s First Ball during the opening ceremony Quinn Rooney/Getty 15. Light Hockey
These hockey players give a new meaning to stars on ice Mark Baker/AP
PHOTOS: 10 Stunning Images from the Sochi Opening Ceremony 16. Horses, Towing the Sun
Bright, giant horses are the perfect animals to pull the sun across the Russian sky Mark Blinch/Reuters/Landov 17. And, of Course, More Fireworks!
The opening ceremony can never settle for just one firework show Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty
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