by Amanda Jarzynski
The opening ceremony for the 2014 winter Olympics took place on February 7th though the competitions began the day before. It was hosted in the Fisht Olympic Stadium and lasted three hours. Approximately 40,000 people attended the ceremony.
The performances of the evening were centered on “classical” performances. 3,000 performers danced, sang, and played music in honor of several famous cultural artists such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Einstein, and many more.
Of course, the ceremony could not truly begin without performances of the national and Olympic anthems. The male choir from the Sretensky Monestary performed the Russian National Anthem while a group of approximately 250 men gathered together to form the Russian flag.
After the anthems, the participating countries presented their Olympic teams in the “Parade of Nations.” Each team emerged from a map showing their respective nation.
Finally, the performances could begin. Each performance was like flipping the pages through the history of Russia.
At the end of the ceremony, the Olympic torch was brought into the stadium by tennis player, Maria Sharapova. The flame was passed between several athletes before finally taking its place in the Sochi Medals Plaza. Then, to end a spectacular evening, an amazing fireworks display danced across the night sky to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score.
The events that took place the day before the ceremony were Men’s Figure Skating short program, Pairs Figure Skating short program, Women’s Freestyle Skiing qualification, and Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding qualification.