· Precision marchers in red, white, and blue stepping in and out of each others’ lines, weaving intricate patterns and ultimately forming the Russian flag – and then bending in sequence to make the “flag” wave. Later in the program, the marchers came back in blue, green and red to march again, this time forming the three Paralympic agitos – the name for the “swooshes” that make up the Paralympic logo.
· A giant icebreaker – really huge! – making its stately way across the Olympic Stadium. Hundreds of dancers with ice “shards” scattered as it plowed across, symbolizing the Sochi Paralympics’ goal of breaking down barriers for people with disabilities.
· And, of course, the arrival of Team USA in 2014’s distinctive “ugly Christmas” sweaters. The US athletes looked ready to roll, with competitions in curling, sled hockey, biathlon, and alpine skiing starting tomorrow!