U.S. Soldiers Participate in Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Todd Lodwick carries the U.S. flag, which flies over the head of former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb, reigning Olympic champion four-man bobsled driver, as Team USA marches into Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. Army Sgt. Preston Griffall, a luger behind the woman in white, and Sgt. Justin Olsen, Capt. Chris Fogt and Sgt. Dallas Robinson, all bobsledders, also are in the Army's program and among the lead group of Americans. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Justen Olsen, arms upraised, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist bobsledder, helps lead Team USA into Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. Olsen, a New York National Guardsman, is assigned to the Army’s World Class Athlete program.  U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Skaters perform in Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Lubov, the "hero girl" who guides spectators through the Dreams about Russia-themed opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, releases her red balloon at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Handlers walk inflatable balloons representing St. Basil’s Cathedral onto the floor of the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Gary Sheftick
  • The 2014 Olympic Winter Games mascots – a bear, hare and leopard – enter the arena of Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Gary Sheftick
  • Bird-like dancers perform to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," relating the story of a sorcerer's curse that turns a princess into a swan during the Dove of Peace segment of the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, currently ranked No. 3 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association and holder of four Grand Slam singles titles, carries the Olympic torch into Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, declares the opening of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games during opening the opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • The Olympic flame burns above a dancing water fountain outside Fisht Olympic Stadium after being lit by skater Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak, goalie of the legendary Russian hockey team of the 1970s, following the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014.  U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
  • Several of Russia's most famous ballet stars are among the dancers who flood the floor of Fisht Olympic Stadium for a segment, "Natasaha Rostova's First Ball," during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7,  2014. They brought Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" to life by illustrating the struggles with free will, the future, and the past for five Russian families during the Napoleonic wars. Among the Russian ballet stars: Svetlana Zakharova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Danila Korusntsev, Alexander Petukhov and Ivan Vasiliev.  U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps