February 7, 2014 2:36 PM

Amid theater of opening ceremony, politics creeps in

Athletes and politics were on parade Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium featured fireworks, a colorful theatrical presentation of Russian history and an impressive collection of political star power on hand to bear witness to the start of the sports festival that Russian President Vladimir Putin aggressively lobbied for and lavishly built.

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