Sochi Olympic flame lit in spectacular Opening Ceremony

See photos of the kickoff event that billions of people were watching around the world, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fans walk in Olympic Park prior to the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fans walk in Olympic Park prior to the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The countdown to the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Spectators gather on a bridge to view the opening ceremonies for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on a video screen at a live site in the mountain cluster. Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The voices of Russia segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; General view of Bolshoy Ice Dome (left), the Olympic cauldron (right), and Olympic park prior to the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin waves to the crowd during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A general view as representations of Russian landscapes are moved across stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Jacqueline Mourao leads the delegation from Brazil during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Islamic Republic of Iran flag bearer Hossein Saveh Shemshaki leads his country's Olympic team onto the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Maria Hoefl-Riesch leads the delegation from Germany during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Mexican flag bearer Hubertus Von Hohenlohe leads his country's Olympic team on the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • 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. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Liza Temnikova performs during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Todd Lodwick leads the delegation from the USA during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach (left) and Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) wave to the crowd during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The delegation from the USA marches during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; United States flag bearer Todd Lodwick leads the U.S. Olympic team onto the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • 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. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Todd Lodwick leads the delegation from USA during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Olympic snowboarder Shaun White with the U.S. Olympic team as they enter the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Russian Federation Olympic team enters the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The delegation from Italy participates in the athlete march during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Athletes from team USA enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Russian Federation Olympic team enters the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Jamaican flag bearer Marvin Dixon leads his country's Olympic team onto the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russian Federation flag bearer Alexander Zubkov leads his country's Olympic team onto the stage during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A troika enters the stage followed by a sun during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Performers during the St. Basil's segment during opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Performers during the Natasha Rostova's First Ball segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Russian Revolution is depicted and acted out during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Russian flag is raised during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Officials from Russia including president Vladimir Putin in attendance during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Performers during the Moskva/The Dream segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Old cars drive across the stage during the Moskva/The Dream segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Large props go across the stage during the Moskva/The Dream segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; World-renowned ballet dancer Svetlana Zakharova performs during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Sochi Organizing committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko (right) gives opening remarks while IOC president Thomas Bach (left) looks on during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The crowd cheers as the athletes from Russia walk out to the stage for the athlete march during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; A spectator at the live viewing of the Opening Ceremony at Rosa Khutor village. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fireworks rise during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Performers wearing lighted outfits during the Dove of Peace segment of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Large helium inflatables create the elements of St. Basil's Cathedral during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Roller skaters perform during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Torch bearer Maria Sharapova during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Torch bearer Maria Sharapova (right) hands the torch to Elena Isinbeava during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Alina Kabaeva, left, receives the torch from Alexandr Karelin during Opening Ceremony during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Alina Kabaeva, center hands off the torch to Irina Rodina and Vladislav Tretyak for the final leg of the torch relay to conclude the Opening Ceremony during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russian wrestling great Alexandr Karelin carries the torch in the Opening Ceremony during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Olympic torch bearers Vladislav Tretyak (left) and Irina Rodnina are handed the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Olympic torch bearers Vladislav Tretyak (left) and Irina Rodnina are handed the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fireworks ignited following the torch lighting during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A general view of fireworks displaying the XXII Olympiad and the lighting of the cauldron at the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 7, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A general view of fireworks and the lighting of the cauldron at the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports