The ceremony was nearing the two-and-a-half hour mark when the world’s Winter Olympians took the Olympic oath. But the pageantry wasn’t over. Olympic gods filled the sky, constellations in lights, then morphed into present-day Winter Olympians on snowboards and ski, wielding hockey sticks and rifles.
Then came the Olympic torch, carried into the stadium by Russian born tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who spent her childhood in Sochi.
Sharapova handed it off to champion pole vaulter Elena Isinbayeva, who passed it on to Alexander Karelin, a three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, who passed it to 2004 Olympic champion rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, who is also reportedly Putin’s girlfriend.
Taking over for the final leg to light the massive torch that will burn on Sochi’s Olympic grounds throughout the Games was former champion figure skater Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak, a former goaltender for the Soviet Union’s national hockey team.
And with a furious barrage of fireworks set to classical music, the Ceremony came to an end.