Television viewers in the U.S. won’t be able to watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics until Friday night, but the event, in Sochi, Russia, took place earlier in the day. Thousands of athletes from 85 countries processed through Fisht Olympic Stadium, while dazzling light displays awed the crowd.
Several news agencies and Olympic organizations live tweeted during the spectacular, which NBC will air starting at 7:30 p.m. EST Friday.
Most of the images are stunning:
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) February 7, 2014
— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 7, 2014
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 7, 2014
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 7, 2014
But in the end, there was one account of a missed cue:
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 7, 2014
And at least one dog spotted:
A stray dog just strolled into the stadium ahead of the Sochi opening ceremony. Volunteers chased him away. pic.twitter.com/UJa8Ny3i5z
— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) February 7, 2014