Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony takes place in Sochi

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The 2014 Winter Paralympics officially opened last night in Sochi, Russia. The ceremony was attended by Russian Federation leader Vladmir Putin. 45 nations are competing, including Argentina, Kazakhstan, the United States, Mexico, Armenia, Brazil, Ukraine, and Russia. During the speech about values to be upheld during the Games, sexual orientation was mentioned. There were no direct mentions of the situation in the Crimea region of Ukraine, whose 31-athlete-strong delegation participated in the parade of nations with only their flag bearer. During a press conference earlier yesterday, the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President said the team had two or three options they were considering for the Opening Ceremony.

2014 Opening 1.jpg The United States team enters the arena.
Image: Laura Hale.

2014 Opening 2.jpg Ukraine's flag bearer enters the arena to a loud roar.
Image: Laura Hale.

2014 Opening 3.jpg Ukraine's flag bearer enters the arena to a loud roar.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 4.jpg The Argentinian and Kazakhstani delegations watch the opening ceremony following the parade of nations.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 5.jpg Valdmir Putin welcomes the athletes.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 6.jpg The Paralympic flag enters the arena.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 7.jpg The Paralympic flag is raised and the show continues.
Image: Laura Hale.



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