The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is the marquee event that sets the tone for one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world.
The kickoff to the Winter Games grows with grandeur each year, and past ceremonies have ranged from theatrical to thrilling to downright bizarre. Every city sets the bar just a little higher than the one that came before, and with each Olympics, the show gets even greater.
Here is a look at some of the greatest and most memorable opening ceremonies in history. The bar has been set high, and the world will watch with anticipation to see what Sochi has in store.