Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony Revealed

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee revealed that the Opening Ceremony will start at 20.14 p.m. Moscow Time on February 7, 2014. According to the committee the time symbolizes the year that the first ever Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Russia.

The ceremony will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium and will last about three hours.

Three thousand young people from higher and middle schools will take part in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as artistic groups, which will include dance and acrobatic performances.

About 2,000 Sochi 2014 volunteers will help organize the events, on stage and behind the scenes.

Meanwhile International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says Russian organizers should brace themselves for the toughest preparation period ahead.

Sochi marked the 100-day countdown to the Games on Tuesday night.

Bach said Wednesday that “these 100 days will be the toughest ones in the preparations” for local organizers and volunteers.

Bach, touring Olympic venues with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, told a group of Sochi volunteers that “what you have achieved so far is really fantastic”.

Russia is reportedly spending $51 billion to deliver the Games, making it the most expensive Olympics in history.

The Games take place February 7-23.