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19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Russia produced a spectacular show as one of the year’s most hotly-anticipated sporting events got underway.

Updated at 18.46

19 of the best pics from the Winter Olympics opening ceremony
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  • The Olympic rings, as one fails to open, during the Opening Ceremony

    Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Irish athletes enter the stadium during the opening ceremony

    Source: ©INPHO/Ian NcNicol
  • Great Britain's Jonathan Eley leads his team mates out

    Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Great Britain (bottom) are lead out by Jonathan Eley during the Opening Ceremony

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  • German athletes wear colourful outfits during the Opening Ceremony

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  • Performers wait to create the Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony

    Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Snowflakes float to form the Olympic rings

    Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • The sun sets over the Olympic Park before the opening ceremony

    Source: Julio Cortez
  • Athletes from Greece are silhouetted as they arrive

    Source: Mark Humphrey
  • A Russian child yawns while others wave the national flag as the Russian national anthem is played during the live telecast

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • A Russian man reacts as he watches the live telecast of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

    Source: Wong Maye-E
  • The United States team is introduced

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Members of the Italian team cheer as they enter the stadium

    Source: Patrick Semansky
  • People fish along the Sochi port where the Olympic rings are illuminated in the background at dusk

    Source: Wong Maye-E
  • Artists perform as snow flakes start forming the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony

    Source: Matt Dunham
  • Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads the team

    Source: Robert F. Bukaty
  • The United States team arrives during the opening ceremony

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Artists perform during the opening ceremony

    Source: Mark Humphrey
  • A light show is seen during the opening ceremony

    Source: AP/Press Association Images

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