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Stop the Madness!

Posted Oct 22 2012 12:51pm

The 2012 London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies were so, um, eclectic I thought Rio de Janeiro would have a tough time matching them .

I completely forgot about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochy, Russia. The Wall Street Journal reports on what’s in store:

A fleet of ships under the command of Peter the Great, scenes recreated from Nikolai Gogol’s masterwork “Dead Souls” and a variety of Russian fairy tales will be part of a special effects-laden event that will also feature plenty of ice, reports Russian newspaper Izvestia.

…Next up will be a celebration of Russia’s geographical highlights like Mt. Elbrus, Lake Baikal, the volcanoes of Kamchatka and the Ural Mountains. After that the ceremony will focus on the different ethnicities of Russia.

At this point, the Olympic teams will be introduced, followed by a section on medieval Russia, called “Legends on Ice,” featuring warriors and mermaids from traditional fairy tales.

Imperial Russia will then take the stage as a fleet of five ships commanded by Peter the Great sail in along with sets depicting the opulence of the Tsars.

A section on the 20th century will pay homage to Russia’s industrial development with scenes featuring locomotives, bridges and sculptures. The ceremony will then end with the lighting of the Olympic flame.

Running Is Funny has an exclusive photo of the unique way the Olympic flame will be lit.

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