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Olympic opening ceremony puts Sochi at center stage

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SOCHI, Russia (WHDH) -  Russia was on the world stag Friday night as the Olympic Opening Ceremony was broadcast around the globe.

A Russian child whose name means "love" was the guide for the night, taking the crowd through 18 scenes making up the "dreams of Russia."

There was one noticeable hiccup in the beginning; five giant snowflakes were supposed to transform into the Olympic rings, but one of them refused.

The athletes took center stage early in the night. Olympians from 88 nations walked into the arena in time to catch most of the sights and sounds.

It was six time Olympian nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick who led the largest ever contingent of u-s winter athletes into the stadium.

Us skier Heidi Kloser walked into the Olympic stadium on crutches she tore her ACL during a warm up run Thursday but wanted to make sure she took part in the opening ceremony. On her Facebook page she asked her father if he still considered her an Olympian and he said "of course".

Bruin's captain Zdeno Chara was all smiles as he held the flag for his home country of Slovakia.

Even though it was an international event it was definitely Russia’s night.

The host country on display for the world to see. History met with technology to take people on a journey through Russia’s cultural and scientific achievements.

While London’s opening ceremony featured legendary musicians like Paul McCartney, it was the Russian Police Choir’s performance of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” that wowed the crowd.

At the end of the night, all eyes were on the Olympic torch.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova lead other notable Russian athletes in lighting the cauldron, which will now burn for the next 16 days.
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