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Putin opens Sochi Games after stunning show

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President Vladimir Putin on Friday opened the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi that are inextricably linked with his name, after a stunning ceremony where Russia sought to convince the world it is a worthy host. 

Fireworks explode over Olympic flame cauldron at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi

The high-octane ceremony at the 40,000 capacity Fisht stadium on the Black Sea got off to a rocky start when one of five illuminated snowflakes which were supposed to morph into the Olympic rings failed to appear, leaving an embarrassing set of just four rings.

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