Lucy Nicholson/ReutersUSASochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (PHOTOS)With gleaming fireworks, excessive Russian history, and a slightly defective snowflake the 2014 Olympic Games kicked off in style at Sochi. 02.07.14 12:16 PM ETLucy Nicholson/ReutersAFP/Getty Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Mark Blinch/Reuters A general view of the elaborate set. Mark Blinch/Reuters Performers wear the colors of the Russian flag. Quinn Rooney/Getty Snowflakes hover above performers during the "Voices of Russia" sequence. Mark Blinch/Reuters Flag-bearer Todd Lodwick of the United States leads the American athletes at the opening ceremony. Jim Young/Reuters Hayley Wickenheiser leads the Canadian competitors. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty The German Olympic team enters the stadium in brightly colored uniforms. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters A map of the United Kingdom is projected onto the stadium floor as the British team marches into the stadium. Phil Noble/Reuters International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach of Germany and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the opening ceremony. AFP/Getty Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. perform. Mark Blinch/Reuters Dancers perform during the opening ceremony. Martin Rose/Getty Phil Noble/Reuters Brian Snyder/Reuters Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova holds the Olympic flame. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony.