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Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi Russia

SOCHI  --  The Winter Olympics are officially underway in Sochi Russia.
The games' opening ceremonies took place today.
   
An estimated 40,000 spectators from around the world crowded into the stadium amid extensive security
   
The ceremonies were highlighted by the traditional parade of nations led by Greece.
   
Performances depicted Russia's history and culture.
Then finally the Olympic torch was lit and the symbolic flame of the winter games burned bright.
   
There were incidents related to the games today but none were reported at the ceremonies.

A passenger attempted to hijack an airliner from the Ukraine-diverting it to Sochi. The plane landed safely in Turkey and the man was taken into custody.

" I am sorry a lot of people didn't come, because they were afraid. But I've seen great security and I think we're all going to be safe and sound."

The games continue on Saturday with the first medals to be awarded in sports like snowboarding and speed skating