Photos: Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

Photos: Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; One snowflake fails to open while forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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by KHOU.com staff, The Associated Press and Getty Images

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 10:46 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Thursday - a Winter Olympics to showcase the best athletes on ice and snow that the world has to offer.

The opening ceremony on the edge of the Black Sea and subsequent games are Russia’s chance to tell its story of post-Soviet resurrection to the world, and dispel the anger, fear and suspicion that has marred the buildup to these most expensive Olympics ever.

To view images of the opening ceremony on your mobile device, click here.

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