Sochi: Stunning images from the lavish opening ceremony
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Large helium inflatables create the elements of St. Basil's cathedral during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed more than 40 other heads of state and leaders for the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics today, an extravaganza which charmed even as it stunned with a blend of technical virtuosity and fairytale magic. Here are some standout images from the memorable show.