Sochi’s Opening Ceremony begins; a child awakes, and Putin takes his seat

February 7, 2014

An image is projected on the floor during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

All told, Sochi’s Opening Ceremony will run two hours and 30 minutes. And our guide is an adorable child named Lyubov, which means “love” in Russian, who awakens from a dream and floats through time amid images of the artists, authors, playwrights, scientists and musicians that define Russia’s contribution to the arts and sciences: Tchaikovsky, Kandinsky, Nabokov, Sputnik, Chekov, Pushkin, Chagall and so on.

Lyubov is intended to represent the feminine soul of Mother Russia and serve as a “red thread” that weaves together the 18-segment journey through the country’s history.

And now she takes flight, as a cozy woods, quaint village float across the sky with her. This segment is called “Dreams of Russia,” and it’s a fantastic dream, with townspepople emerging from beneath the stadium. I dare say, entire civilizations.

Suddenly, it’s snowing! And President Vladimir Putin takes his seat, to applause along with IOC President Thomas Bach.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post, she has also covered five Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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Liz Clarke · February 7, 2014