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Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony: What Time & TV Channel To Watch Winter Olympics Opening Event

By Sanna Chu on February 6, 2014 5:48 PM EST 0

Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony rehearsal fireworks
Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony rehearsal fireworks. (Photo: Reuters)

When does the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony start? The Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony begins Friday, Feb. 7 at 8pm MSK (Sochi Time), which is 11am ET at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. However, NBC will not be airing the Sochi Opening Ceremony until eight and a half hours later at 7.30 pm ET.

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NBC's decision to delay showing the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony is a bit puzzling given that the network will be offering a live stream online of every other event at this year's Winter Olympics. But of course, streaming the event during prime time will mean better ratings for NBC. Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera and Bob Costas will host the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony on NBC.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony is a chance for the host country to wow audiences around the world with its cultural achievements and the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony will be no different. Russia is reportedly going all out in creating a spectacular event called "Welcome to Sochi". The event is said showcase Russian history including Peter the Great, tsars, the ballet, classical music, architecture, literature, and more.

The $780 million Fisht Olympic Stadium can seat 40,000 spectators and features a lit up roof that can change colors and patterns. For the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony, we can expect a lot of special effects, fireworks and ice. The ceremony will include a long DJ set featuring popular Russian songs, including some by Russian president Vladimir Putin's favorite band, Lube.

The Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony will also follow the traditions set for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. For instance, there will be a parade of athletes, speeches and the Olympic flame arriving at the finale to mark the official start of the Games. Nations will send a flag bearer along with other Olympic athletes into the stadium to represent their participation in the Olympics.

For the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony, Todd Lodwick, a Nordic combined skier and six-time Olympian, will hold the American flag during the parade of nations. The 230 athletes that make up Team USA will be wearing patriotic uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren for the ceremony. The red, white and blue sweaters that feature stars and stripes, were made in the U.S. from wool carted in Oregon, spun in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and knit in California.

During the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony, two speeches will be given, one by OCOG President Dmitry Chernyshenko and the other by International Olympic President Thomas Bach. Putin will then declare the start of the Games. President Barack Obama will not be attending the ceremony; instead U.S hockey Player Caitlin Cahow will lead the U.S. delegation to the Games, replacing Billie Jean King who could not attend at the last minute because her mother is ill.

The Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony on NBC is scheduled to air from 7.30 pm ET to 11.30 pm. Will you be watching the Sochi 2014 opening ceremony? Let us know in the comments.

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