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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 

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Editor's Choice - 07 Feb 2014 
Russia's Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast with a burst of fireworks and an extravagant opening ceremony.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a successful Games in the resort town of Sochi, where a high-octane show before 40,000 spectators signalled the start of the costliest Olympics in history. 
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February 07, 2014 
Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics,... 
Sochi, Russia 
Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony at the Adler district of Sochi 
Fireworks are seen over the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 07, 2014 
A scene from the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch... 
Sochi, Russia 
A scene from the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
A scene from the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
The Russian flag is being raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February... 
Sochi, Russia 
The Russian flag is being raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
The Russian flag is being raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. ... 
Sochi, Russia 
Performers take part in opening ceremony for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil... 
Sochi, Russia 
Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics,... 
Sochi, Russia 
Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics... 
Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
A performer dances during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. ... 
Sochi, Russia 
Performer dances during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
A performer dances during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David... 
Sochi, Russia 
Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
Performers dance during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.... 
Sochi, Russia 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Suspended figures representing different winter sports are illuminated during the opening ceremony for... 
Sochi, Russia 
Suspended figures representing different winter sports are illuminated during opening ceremony for 2014... 
Suspended figures representing different winter sports are illuminated during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Ballet dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.... 
Sochi, Russia 
Ballet dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
Ballet dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
Dancer Zvetlana Zakharova performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games... 
Sochi, Russia 
Dancer Zakharova performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at Fisht... 
Dancer Zvetlana Zakharova performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at Fisht stadium February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014.... 
Sochi, Russia 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 
Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. ... 
Sochi, Russia 
Performers take part in opening ceremony for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a hare, a polar bear and a leopard, take part in the opening... 
Sochi, Russia 
Mascots of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics take part in opening ceremony for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
The mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a hare, a polar bear and a leopard, take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
A map of Russia is projected onto the stadium floor as athletes march in during the opening ceremony... 
Sochi, Russia 
A map of Russia is projected onto the stadium floor during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter... 
A map of Russia is projected onto the stadium floor as athletes march in during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Russia's athletes cheer during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter... 
Sochi, Russia 
Russia's athletes cheer during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter... 
Russia's athletes cheer during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
U.S. team members parade during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February... 
Sochi, Russia 
U.S. team members parade during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games 
U.S. team members parade during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
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February 07, 2014 
Canada's flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser leads her country's contingent during the opening ceremony of... 
Sochi, Russia 
Canada's flag-bearer Wickenheiser leads her country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014... 
Canada's flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser leads her country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Athletes from different countries take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics,... 
Sochi, Russia 
Athletes from different countries take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics... 
Athletes from different countries take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach of Germany and Russian President Vladimir... 
Sochi, Russia 
IOC President Bach and Russian President Putin stand together during the opening ceremony of the 2014... 
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach of Germany and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) stand together during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 07, 2014 
The Olympic and Russian flags are raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics,... 
Sochi, Russia 
The Olympic and Russian flags are raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics... 
The Olympic and Russian flags are raised during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
An Interior Ministry member detains a gay rights activist attempting to hold a protest rally in Red Square... 
Moscow, Russia 
An Interior Ministry member detains a gay rights activist attempting to hold a protest rally in Red Square... 
An Interior Ministry member detains a gay rights activist attempting to hold a protest rally in Red Square near the Kremlin in central Moscow, February 7, 2014. Russian police detained gay rights activists who tried to protest on Moscow's Red Square and in St Petersburg on Friday, shortly before Vladimir Putin opened the Sochi Winter Olympics, gay rights activists said. Police in Moscow and St Petersburg did not immediately comment on the reports by the gay activists, who said 10 protesters were detained in Moscow and four in Russia's second city. REUTERS/Yevgeny Feldman (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 07, 2014 
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova holds the Olympic Torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014... 
Sochi, Russia 
Russian tennis player Sharapova holds the Olympic Torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi... 
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova holds the Olympic Torch during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
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February 07, 2014 
Former hockey player Vladislav Tretiak (R) and figure skater Irina Rodnina light the Olympic cauldron... 
Sochi, Russia 
Former hockey player Tretiak and figure skater Rodnina light the Olympic cauldron during the opening... 
Former hockey player Vladislav Tretiak (R) and figure skater Irina Rodnina light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
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February 07, 2014 
Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi... 
Sochi, Russia 
Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi... 
Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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