Opening ceremonies of the Paralympics

Photos from the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

  • Four-time track and field Paralympic champion and record-holder Ashapatov of Russia, arrives with torch the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Russia's President Putin applauds as he stands besides International Paralympic Committee President Sir Craven, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • An icebreaker ship called "Peace" is seen during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Flag-bearer Lujan of the U.S. leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Ukraine's flag-bearer Tkachenko arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • China's flag-bearer Ye leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Canada's flag-bearer Gaudet leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • A performer takes part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Italy's flag-bearer Chiarotti leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Germany's flag-bearer Rothfuss leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Britain's flag-bearer Knight leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Austria's flag-bearer Bonadimann leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Australia's flag-bearer Rahles-Rahbula leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers form the word 'Together' during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Performers carry the Russian national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters

  • Russian athletes carry the Paralympic flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Dave Lucas Reuters