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Opening Ceremony for Sochi 2014 held today

The Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games, Sochi 2014 will take place today at 16:14 GMT (20:14 in Sochi), which will welcome a total of 2,900 athletes from 85 countries. The winter Olympics have actually already began as the snowboard slopestyle and figure skating events got underway yesterday, with the qualifying stages being held. Great Britain were quite successful in the snowboard slopestyle as one man qualified for the final, and one man and two women reached the semi-final. Yet, Britain did not fare so well in the pair’s figure skating, finishing tenth after a fall.

The Opening Ceremony is set to be extravagant

The expectations are high for this year’s winter Olympics Opening Ceremony as Sochi 2014 overall has cost a total of £30billion, which is more than the past 21 winter Olympics combined. This means that Sochi 2014 is set to have a wonderful 16 days of competition, with a total of 2,900 athletes all fighting for a limited number of medals, with only 98 gold medals being available. A portion of that £30billion has been spent on the Opening Ceremony for the winter games and the organisers promise that the billions of people watching are in for an exciting show.

Once the Opening Ceremony is over, the action finally begins and by the end of the tournament, Great Britain are predicted to have the most medals for them since 1936. Great Britain are estimating that they will get at least 3 medals in Russia, and if Team GB can win 2 Gold medals, it would be first time they have won more than 1 gold in the winter Olympics ever. The main sports that Great Britain have targeted to win the medals in are freestyle skiing, snowboarding, curling, short track skating and skeleton.

The Opening Ceremony will be held at Sochi’s Olympic stadium, the Fisht Stadium, which is expected to be full at the opening ceremony, holding a complete capacity of around 40,000 spectators. However, after the ceremony, empty seats are expected for the sport event as it was revealed that the organisers had only managed to sell 70% of the tickets, which is much worse than the previous winter Olympics in Vancouver as they sold around 97% of their tickets.

Author Daniel Foster.
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