Even if you're not interested in the competition of the Olympic games, the spectacle that is the Opening Ceremonies has an alluring value.
The event goes over as a way for the host country to show its artistry and hospitality. Expect to see the beauty and uniqueness of Sochi, Russia, on display during the opening act of the 2014 games.
In a stadium that seats 40,000, the ceremony will be packed with fans, and filled with the pageantry one would expect from such a grand show.
Here's how you can watch the event.
When: Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia
Fisht Olympic Stadium is a huge and classy venue fit for an event as grand as the opening ceremonies. It's one of the 11 venues that will also host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it is very close to the Olympic Village that will house the athletes for the 2014 Winter Games.
The design of the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium in Sochi is unique across Russia. For the first time in the construction of a large-scale structure, a translucent polycarbonate roof will be used which will give the building an appearance of snowy peaks, ensuring it sits in harmony with the landscape of the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.
The CDN Olympic Team captures this image of the front entrance of Fish Stadium
Stars to Watch For
Though much of the format has been kept under wraps, an appearance by Danielle Bradbery seems logical. Her song "My Day" is the theme song for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The 17-year-old from League City, Tex., won the singing reality show The Voice in 2013. Her star is shining brightly and this honor is just the latest in a string of successes for the teenager.
Bradberry had this to say about the song, and its involvement with the 2014 Winter Olympics, per Christina Vinson of Taste of Country:
When I first heard the song "My Day" I knew I wanted to cut it immediately, because the day I won The Voice was truly the most amazing day of my life. The song reminded me of all the excitement and honor I experienced on that magical evening.
I am honored to be able to share the song through this special campaign honoring our Olympic heroes, who I look forward to cheering on this winter on NBC
Yuri Bashmet, Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev
Local orchestral musicians Yuri Bashmet, Valery Gergiec and Denis Matsuev have also been linked to the opening ceremonies. It's customary to have artists from the host country on hand to display their talents, and to welcome the world to their country.
The Parade of Athletes
While non-athletic stars will get a ton of attention, many will be trying to spot their heroes amidst the plethora of world-class athletes when the parade of competitors begins.
The Parade of Athletes is one of the coolest traditions of any Olympic Games. Seeing so many elite athletes from various cultures in one place is great. It captures the spirit of the Olympics as much as any event.
The Olympic Flame
Obviously, the signature moment of any Olympic Opening Ceremony is the lighting of the Olympic Flame. The torch is passed from one athlete to the next, and the final athlete will light the cauldron to officially symbolize the beginning of competition.
Usually, we know who that athlete will be, but as of now, it's still a mystery.
Perhaps that's a nice wrinkle to the overall process. It adds a bit of intrigue to an event that already has substantial appeal.
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