You could feel the love in the Fisht Stadium last night, when Russia reached out and welcomed the world to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a historically-rich culturally-diverse and powerful Opening Ceremony.
It was a lavish, dramatic and immensely colourful artistic programme awash with famous Russian names, music, ballet, masterpieces, innovations, cosmonauts, literature and architecture.
There were Pushkin’s fairy tales, the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, the reign of Peter the Great, the creation of St Petersburg, Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace, the Russian Revolution, the space race, the rise of modern Moscow, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Anything and everything beautiful. Just when you thought you had seen the best, the athletes came out dressed in their Friday best with pride and dancing to the techno mash-up. As soon as the Olympic cauldron was lit, Sochi was illuminated with firecrackers. The show was nothing but spectacular.
But the best bit, the one that I will always remember, was in the pre-opening show. When the Russian police lined up in a choir. Just when you would expect another opera performance, they broke into “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. Epic.
by Young Reporter Sonali Prasad.