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22nd Winter Olympics, 7-17 February 2014

22nd Winter Olympics, 7-17 February 2014 , Sochi Russia

I made it a point to stay up late this morning to watch live, the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic in the resort town of Sochi, Russia. I was expecting something special from the organiser and at exactly 12.27am local time (about 8.00 pm Russian time), the ceremony started and I sat mesmerised during the whole “fairy tale- like event,  right up to 3.47am at Astro HD 840. It was spectacular like 08/08 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony in China.

Though there was a technical glitch at the start with one of the five snowflakes failing to open and merge to form the five iconic rings of the Olympic symbol, the rest of the offering was an epic journey of Russian history told through people, technology, light and sound. It showcased Russia’s culture,  spectrum of life ranging from its history, dancing (ballet),classical music by the likes of Tchaikovsky (my favourite ), industry, space race, environment, architecture, education and the family :  a tour de force.

One of the snowflakes failed to merge with the other four rings

One of the snowflakes failed to merge with the other four rings- AP

The 40,000-seater Fisht Stadium -Reuters

The 40,000-seater Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea -Reuters

Sochi olympic mascots- the hare, polar bear and leopard - AP

Sochi olympic mascots- the hare, polar bear and leopard – AP

President Putin sans his wife, was there to declare open the games so was  Xi Jinping, President of China and Secretary General of United Nation, Ban Ki Moon.

Participants in one of the routines

Participants in one of the routines _AP

Despite  US President Obama and many Western  countries’ leaders staying away from the ceremony seemingly out of protest for Russian anti-gay laws, the ceremony  did not lose its  serene beauty and the palpable strength of the Russian spirit. Many Russians are reported to swell with pride watching the ceremony.

An artificial scene being depicted in the Russian journey

An artificial scene being depicted in the Russian journey- Getty Images

It was interesting to see the portrayal of  scores of couples of opposite sex coming together, tied the knot and later showing  them having two babies each and how these babies then grow up to represent the new generation of Russia. Obviously turning up their noses to those in the West and America on the issue of (unnatural and non-productive) same sex marriage ; and that Russia has every right to  maintain its traditional family values and to hell with gays.

electronic chariot pulling a ring of fire arounf the Fisht Stadium-AP

electronic chariot pulling a ring of fire around the Fisht Stadium-AP

The olympic flame burning the cold  outside the stadium - EPA

The olympic flame burning the cold outside the stadium – EPA

An amazing show of Russian power and pride. The show ended with bursts of  colourful fireworks in the stadium. Besides celebrating an excellence in sports and international cooperation, Russia is also reaffirming the world that it is regaining its former glory as a world power.

Fireworks galore at the Fisht Stadium

Fireworks galore at the Fisht Stadium_Getty Images

After what had happened to Iraq in 2001, the World certainly needs Russia to contribute to multilateralism, balance its political power and keep it more stable and peaceful.

Mr Vladimir Putin (R), the President of Russia at the ceremony -AFP A strong leader inspires a  proud nation.

Mr Vladimir Putin (R), the President of Russia at the opening ceremony -AFP
A strong leader inspires a proud nation.

Wishing the people of Russia a successful 22nd Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi.

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