Julio Cortez/AP
February 07, 2014 12:20 PM

Let the winter Games begin!

Here’s all the action from the lavish opening ceremonies in Sochi – from the Parade of Nations to the big surprises the Russians have in store for the world – right here as it happens.

(Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to watch the broadcast Friday night on NBC, don’t read any further.)

Otherwise, read on:

PHOTOS: 10 Stunning Images from the Sochi Opening Ceremony

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