Sochi 2014 Olympics: Early Look at Images from Opening Ceremony

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2014

Todd Lodwick of the United States carries his country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are now officially underway as the opening ceremony kicked of at 11 a.m. ET or 8 p.m. MSK (Sochi time). The opening ceremony will not be broadcast in the U.S. until 7:30 p.m. ET, so, if you won't be around for that and missed the action this morning, you're still in luck.

Because of the vast amount of social media available, a great amount of sights and sounds from the opening ceremony have already been released. So whether you're not able to watch NBC's broadcast tonight, or you simply cannot wait to see what's in store, here's a look at what transpired in Sochi today.

USA Today kicks us off with a beautiful view of Sochi just before the opening ceremony began:

Not long after, there was a gigantic fireworks display directly over the Fisht Olympic Stadium, as shown by a tweet from the ABS-CBN News Channel:

Unfortunately, according to a tweet from USA Todaythe opening ceremony did not begin flawlessly:

However, Russia regrouped and put on a gorgeous spectacle, as they actually made it snow inside the stadium. A tweet from the New York Times Olympics account shows the phenomenon:

After looking at a tweet from ABS-CBN News Channel, some amazing looking theatrics also took place, as this scene from the acting portion of the opening ceremony looks awe inspiring:

Although, according to a tweet from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribunethe show took a turn for the strange shortly after:

We all knew that we could count on some fantastic special effects and light work during the opening ceremony. This tweet from CBC News really sums it up:

After, the parade of athletes began, with Team USA in full sweater mode, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. Jim Roberts of Mashable tweeted out a great picture of the U.S. as they made their way around the stadium:

Here's another look at Team USA, courtesy of

Unfortunately, not every team fared as well as the U.S. did during their march. A tweet from GuardianUS shows an embarrassing mishap by a member of the Austrian team:

Luckily, there weren't many people around to witness the fall. Actually, that's not true at all. Take a look at the jam-packed crowd in attendance, courtesy of a tweet from the New York Times Olympics account:

Finally, fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame cauldron as the opening ceremony comes to its conclusion. This tweet from AFP Photo Department's twitter account captures the brilliant display:

The opening ceremony was a huge success overall, and it was the prelude to what is sure to be an exciting 2014 Olympics thanks to the gracious hosts in Sochi.