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2014 Paralympic Games' Opening Ceremony

Some moments captured during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Some moments captured during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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The 2014 Paralympic Games have officially begun!

A giant ice breaker ship enters the arena carrying russian soprano Maria Guleghina during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

From IPC Press Releases:

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games began with a stunning Opening Ceremony on Friday evening (7 March) at Fisht Stadium with a volunteer cast of more than 2,500 people from the Krasnodar region of Russia taking centre stage, and two-time Paralympic champion swimmer Olesya Vladykina and six-time Paralympic champion cross-country skier Sergey Shilov lighting the Paralympic cauldron.

With a theme of "Breaking The Ice," the Opening Ceremony evoked the spirit of Russia and the importance of breaking down barriers and stereotypes faced by people around the world every day.

The 2014 Paralympic Games run from today through the March 16th Closing Ceremonies. Over the course of the next nine days, 547 athletes will compete for medals in five different sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Wheelchair Curling

Find the complete schedule of events at www.sochi2014.com/en/paralympic/schedule-and-results. (To determine what Sochi times convert to in your own time zone, you can use the simple time converter at World Time Buddy.)

You can watch videos and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV at www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. You can also follow the Paralympics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/paralympic.