Sochi 2014 Opening: Ceremony, Schedule and Event Details of Historic Winter Olympics

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Sochi 2014 Opening: Ceremony, Schedule and Event Details of Historic Winter Olympics

The 22nd (XXII) Olympic Winter Games are set to start with a spectacular opening ceremony on 7 February in Sochi, Russia.

The official opening ceremony takes place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Russian Black Sea resort.

The Games, which closes on 23 February, will see athletes from around the world contest in 98 events. About 2,900 athletes from 88 countries are competing for medals at the Games.

Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics for the first time since the breakup of USSR in 1991.

According to the BBC, Sochi 2014 is the costliest Olympic Games in history with a cost of £30bn.

Sochi 2014: Watch online

The opening ceremony begins at 8.14 pm local time (4.14 pm GMT).

The live streaming of the opening ceremony, which will represent athletes from participating nations, will be available ot the official website of Sochi 2014.

BBC also has a live coverage page for the Games that begins at 3 pm GMT with live video and text commentary.

Russian Times has created a live transmission webpage exclusively for the Winter Olympics.

Time-to-time live updates will be available on the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sochi 2014 TV schedule

In the host country Russia, those who don't have a stadium ticket can watch the opening ceremony at various live sites across various cities in the country.

The sites have been equipped with stage, big screen, sound and lights to let the city dwellers watch the Games together. Click here to view the venue details of the live sites.

In UK, BBC2 London will broadcast the opening ceremony live from Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. The telecast begins at 3.30 pm GMT.

Events

The opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi will begin with a spectacular choreographed show.

During the ceremony, Russia's veteran bobsleigh driver Alexander Zubkov will carry the Russian flag, according to the Russian Olympic Committee.

"I am very satisfied and happy that I have been entrusted with such a proud mission. It is wonderful to know that the country is behind me," Zubkov, a top Sochi Olympic Games medal contender, said.

Over 3,000 young talents from schools, as well as professional artistic groups, will put a show of dance, ballet, acrobatic and circus performances.

A pre-telecast show that begins at 7pm, which can be viewed only by audience at the stadium, will feature performances by Russian popular singers.

Sochi 2014 Games will also, for the first time in Winter Games' history, have the traditional athletes' parade in an innovative way with athletes stepping up to the stage along a 48-meter ramp in the middle of the stadium.

The lighting of the Olympic Cauldron will mark the ceremonial opening of the Games.

According to the latest Twitter feed of Sochi 2014, the journey of the Olympic torch has ended.

The Olympic torch, which visited the outer space as part of the 2014 Torch Relay, will be used to light the Cauldron of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games.

However, the name of the final torchbearer, who lights the cauldron, remains a closely guarded secret.


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