2016 Olympics: Rio Has Tough Act to Follow After Sochi's Opening Ceremony

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 7, 2014

The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The city of Rio de Janeiro is selected to host the XXXI Olympic Games in 2016. A beautiful and historic city, Rio certainly has a lot going for it. However, after a fantastic opening ceremony spectacle in Sochi on Friday, Rio may have its hands full to follow up such a great act.

Rio's 2016 Organizing Committee announced its budget for the impending games, and they are sparing no expense with an amount of $7 million Brazilian real, which is the equivalent to $2,942,165.43 U.S. dollars, according to a report from Olympic.org.

The report goes on to explain what the budget covers:

The budget covers all expected revenue and expenses of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, as it works to deliver both Olympic and Paralympic Games. This endeavor is the equivalent of organizing 65 Olympic and Paralympic championships, with 16,000 athletes and officials from 204 National Olympic Committees, 4,500 technical officials, 70,000 volunteers, and over 25,000 media representatives, along with all of their logistical needs in terms of accommodation, food and transport.

A chunk of that cash will have to go toward the direction of the opening ceremony, as Rio certainly will not want to be outdone by Sochi's spectacle.

During the opening ceremony in Sochi, we were graced with many breathtaking acts, light shows and fireworks in the Fisht Olympic Stadium. Here are just a few example of what Sochi was able to deliver.

USA Today provided a fantastic image of the dazzling fireworks show above the stadium to kick off the opening ceremony:

The New York Times Olympic twitter account shows a great picture of snow inside of the stadium. Yes, Russia made it snow indoors:

Another remarkable image of floating islands representing different landscapes of Russia was also featured by The New York Times Olympic twitter account:

Jian Ghomeshi of CBC TV relayed a gorgeous site of performers in action during some impressive lighting work:

Finally, Sochi capped off the ceremony in a big way as fireworks exploded behind the lighting of the Olympic flame, shown by AFP Photo Department's twitter account:

After taking all of these events into consideration, Rio certainly has a lot to live up to. Luckily, Rio is full of beautiful landscapes and architecture—it also has a great history. With so many things to pull from, the 2016 opening ceremony should be equally as impressive as what we witnessed in Sochi.

One way that Rio can get the upper hand?

Be sure that there are no malfunctions. Sochi had one major issue, as one of the Olympic rings failed to light up during the beginning of the opening ceremony, as seen by this tweet from USA Today:

Despite that issue, Sochi's opening ceremony was an impressive one. You're up, Rio.