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Winter Games opening ceremony

I don't know if you caught it, but the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games was pretty impressive to watch.
And if the games starting today live up to the same standard, we could be in for an epic Olympiad.
    Here's a look at how Russia got things started..

With starbursts of fireworks, the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia were officially declared underway.

An estimated 40,000 spectators from around the world flocked to Sochi's Olympic stadium to be part of the pomp and ceremony.
The traditional parade of Nations was led, as always, by Greece, the cradle of the Olympic Games.

The US delegation was led by flag-bearer Todd Lodwick. At 37, the Nordic combined skier is the 1st American to compete in 6 Winter Games.
Team USA is the largest ever fielded for a Winter Olympics, 230 strong.

Russian pride hit its high point when the home team entered the stadium to a Roaring ovation. The ceremony was themed "Dreams about Russia."
Russian President Vladimir Putin proudly presided over vivid re-creations of Russia's history and culture.

Finally, the Olympic torch ignited the symbolic flame of the Winter Games.

In Moscow, ten gay rights activists were arrested for a few hours after protesting in Red Square. Gay rights advocates have targeted the Sochi Games to condemn what they call discriminatory Russian laws.

In Sochi, the competition resumes today with the 1st medals to be awarded in speed skating and snowboarding.