Fireworks explode over Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, as the Olympic cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games on Friday, February 7.
Two of Russia's greatest athletes, Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak, light the Olympic cauldron. Rodnina was a three-time gold medalist in figure skating. Tretiak won three golds as goalie of the Soviet hockey team.
Russian tennis player and Olympic silver medalist Maria Sharapova, left, passes the Olympic torch to pole-vaulting legend Yelena Isinbayeva.
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sings the Olympic Anthem.
Olympic flag bearers carry the flag onto the floor during the opening ceremony.
Skier Todd Lodwick carries the American flag during the opening ceremony.
U.S. skier Heidi Kloser tore knee ligaments and broke her femur during a warm-up run earlier in the day.