But I expect the Russian ceremonies to be much more elaborate, and rich with their culture and MUSIC! (Many of my favorite composers are Russian.) I'm thrilled to hear from those of you who have already been able to watch it. It sounds as if it will live up to expectations. And to see athletes such as Rodnina taking part will be a delight. Thanks for the advance word, everyone who described it. I'm eager to plant myself in front of the TV and will not be answering the phone tonight.
The Summer athlete I was most shocked at was Maria Sharapova.
Feeling narratived to death already
I loved London too, Louisa. But then I'm a children's literature buff, and they had me at hello.
The opening tableau of this Sochi ceremony was magical, absolutely magical. Visually sumptuous. And they used Borodin's music! I was practically afloat with delight.
I'm always a sucker for the parade of nations, too. The national diversity is awesome--and the costumes!--and it's fascinating to find out about the backgrounds of the athletes. Not everyone is a young kid who lives his or her sport wall to wall every day. Some are businessmen or bricklayers; one is a prince; one young woman is a concert violinist. Vive la difference!
Does anyone else find the Turkish flagbearer really handsome?
The Russian team's outfits had a bit of a Father Christmas/Victorian Santa flavor to them. I'm sure it fits nicely with Russian culture and all that, but that's what it reminded my Western mind of...
I like the less busy, less fussy team attire. And the U.S. certainly missed the mark on that more than any other team.
My favorite section: Natasha's ball. The colors of the costumes! All those peach-rose tones...sublime. And the dancing. Did anyone notice that the music was "Sentimental Waltz," which Sasha Cohen used for her 2002 short program? I love that melody; so unusual and haunting.
It was nice seeing Gracie marching for the U.S.! I saw one of the American female athletes (don't know who) look like she was overcome with emotions.
I felt bad for Heidi Kloser on her crutches. She looked like she was in such pain. I know she was determined to "walk" in the opening ceremony despite not being able to compete after her bad crash. I saw her get into her wheelchair later. It was so touching when she asked her father after her crash "am I still an Olympian?"
There were photos on social media of all the American figure skaters except Polina-- anyone know if she wasn't able to attend the opening?