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Monday, 10 February 2014

A Multimedia Presentation. RIA Novosti Presents… The Brightest Moments of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (Part Two)

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The second part of the show introduced viewers to Russian history and culture. This tableau is from the time of Tsar Pyotr Veliki.

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00 Sochi Olympics 02. 10.02.14

The main character in the presentation, the girl Lyubov (“Love”), participated in a folk performance with onion domes, amongst which were the stylised colourful domes of St Basil Cathedral. In one of the highlights of the show, the domes soared into the air and almost lined up in the order, along with the world-famous church on Red Square, which is one of the best-known symbols of Moscow. 

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Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev watched the ceremony in the company of figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova.

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A ballet production based on the novel War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy was one of the most spectacular scenes.The dancers portrayed the first ball of Natasha Rostova to the music of Yevgeni Doga from the movie Мой ласковый и нежный зверь (My Affectionate and Tender Beast). Featured were prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Theatre and the famous choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev. 

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The ceremony needed 3,000 performers and 2,000 volunteers, who used 6,000 costumes. The total number of people involved in the ceremony was more than 9,200.

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00 Sochi Olympics 06. 10.02.14

The historical presentation continued; the romantic sublimity of the 19th century segued into the uncompromising 20th century… red tones heralded the revolutionary era and symbolised the epoch of constructivism. The model of a giant locomotive appeared under the dome of the stadium to the music of Sviridov‘s theme for Время, вперёд! (Time, Forward!).

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00 Sochi Olympics 07. 10.02.14

A scene portrayed the USSR‘s reconstruction after the VOV, with workers, slogans, and appeals of the Stalinist skyscaper era, accompanied by the Muslim Magomaev song Москва (Moscow).

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Young couples with prams and toddlers symbolised the Soviet baby boom, which occurred during 1981-83, that is, immediately after the 1980 Olympics.

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00 Sochi Olympics 09. 10.02.14

Famous ballerina Diana Vishnyova danced to the music of the ballet Swan Lake.

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00 Sochi Olympics 10. 10.02.14

World-renowned opera singer Anna Netrebko sang the Olympic hymn.

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Dancers during the pageant at the opening ceremony of 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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Famous tennis star Mariya Sharapova brought the Olympic flame into the stadium.

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Sharapova gave the torch to Yelena Isinbayeva, who passed it to Aleksandr Karelin, who gave it to Alina Kabaeva, who then handed over the torch to Irina Rodnina. Vladislav Tretyak solemnly took the torch from the hands of the famous figure skater. 

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Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina jointly lit the Olympic flame with a torch that had been in the International Space Station.

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Fireworks from 3,500 volleys capped the opening ceremony.

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8 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/sochi2014_news/20140208/993754184_993749410.html

 

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

30 August 2012. VOR Presents… Lighting Up the Night: 2012 Paralympic Games Open in London

In London, the evening of 29 August saw the official opening of the 14th Paralympic Games, with Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ) welcoming the athletes. The opening ceremony began with a colourful performance, entitled “Enlightenment”, which spoke of the unique spirit of the Paralympic Games, a competition that pushes the borders of conventional notions of human capabilities. Then, a formal parade of the participating athletes, from 165 countries, ended the evening’s festivities.

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An overview of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in East London on 29 August 2012.

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Queen Elizabeth II made the official announcement opening the 14th Paralympic Games.

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84-year-old athlete Margaret Maughan lit the Paralympic Torch. Maughan participated in the first-ever international Paralympic Games, which took place in Rome in 1960. She won the gold in archery.

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The Olympic Flame at the 14th Paralympic Games.

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The opening ceremony was held at the same Olympic Stadium where the 30th Summer Olympic Games had just concluded.

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 The London Paralympic Games will be the largest in the history of the competition. For 11 days, more than 4,000 athletes will compete for 503 sets of medals.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (1966- ) and his wife Samantha Sheffield (1971- ), Prince William (1982- ) and his wife Catherine (1982- ), Princess Anne (1950- ), and London Mayor Boris Johnson (1964- ) at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London.

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British actor Sir Ian McKellen (1939- ) gazes through a giant telescope at the opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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Opening Ceremony of the 14th Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

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The Russian Paralympic team consists of 182 athletes, competing in 12 of the 20 categories in the games.

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Opa! The Greek Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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The Icelandic Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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The Chinese Paralympic team in the parade during the opening ceremony.

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Fireworks lighting up the sky at the end of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

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30 August 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/86648609/86648620/

http://english.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/86692072/86692085/

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