Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2014: Complete Guide to Watch and Follow the Event

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2014

Fireworks are seen as spectators arrive for the rehearsal of the opening ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi figures to be a grandiose event. This is one spectacle that is surely must-see TV. Being that the Olympics are taking place so far away from the United States, there are multiple options available to watch and keep track of the ceremony.

Don't panic if you happen to see events such as snowboarding on Feb. 6 and think you missed the opening ceremony—the event is actually taking place on the second day of Olympic coverage.


What: 2014 Olympics opening ceremony

When: Friday, Feb. 7

TV Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia


Hosts: Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira



Every opening ceremony is all about over-the-top spectacles. Sochi has big shoes to fill after some fantastic showings from London and Beijing's opening ceremonies. According to SochiMediaCenter.ru, about 1,070 people will take part in the event. It will be split into four parts featuring music, dancing, circus art and multi-genre cultural projects.


Ways to Watch

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The opening ceremony will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m. MSK (Sochi time). That is the equivalent of 11 a.m. ET in the U.S. If you are planning on watching NBC's broadcast, the event will have already taken place over eight hours beforehand.

Luckily for those of us who do not want to wait to see the spectacle, the opening ceremony will be broadcast live online at NBCOlympics.com. In order to watch online, you must first head to NBC's Live Extra page and register with your cable or satellite subscription.


Ways to Follow

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Aside from watching or streaming the event, there are other ways to get as much entertainment and information out of the 2014 Olympics opening ceremony. Social media provides great sources for commentary and insight while the event is taking place.

Twitter is a great resource, and the NBC Olympics twitter account has been very active. Plenty of links to news sources and great pictures of athletes in Sochi are pasted all over the account. It can be easily speculated that there will be some fantastic opening ceremony coverage here as well.

Instagram is another way to capture all of the action from the opening ceremony. NBC Olympics has been very active on this account as well. Since the event is absolute eye candy, and Instagram is built around fantastic images, this is certainly an account that must be followed.

With so many great resources available, and different ways and times to watch, all of the necessary tools are available to make the 2014 Olympic opening ceremony in Sochi an event to remember.