Olympics Opening Ceremony

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well,” said Pierre de Coubertin

The Winter Olympics 2014 commences on Friday with the Opening Ceremony set to take place in front of a worldwide audience of millions. The Sochi Olympics has been under the spotlight for various non-sport reasons over the past few months; however, thousands of athletes will be able to compete in their sport event according to christianpost.com

The three-hour opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium highlighted the beauty of the Russian culture and strength of the Russian spirit. It began with a Russian girl’s Wonderland trip through the Cyrillic Alphabet. Then, there was a journey back to the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It ended with the Olympic flame: a Firebird-inspired torch lighting a row of flame jets that burst into flame at the cauldron according to entertainment.time.com.

During a ceremony that officially began the competition for 3,000 athletes competing in 15 sports, there were many other unvarnished moments of richness and regret. The Russians stole that show, as their athletes marched into the arena wearing colorful blue and red coats and fur caps according to latimes.com.