Lipnitskaya received a standing ovation for her phenomenal performances in the short program and free skate in the figure skating team competition where she modestly told journalists that this was not her best performance.
“We wanted to tell the story of our great country as it has not been done by anyone. We wanted to make 3 billion viewers see the greatness and diversity of Russia through the eyes of a child – the main heroine of Ceremony, a little girl named Lyuba (Love).” ~ Andrew Boltenko, Director
About 40,000 people watched from the stands at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi the introduction of 3,000 athletes from 88 countries competing in a record 98 medal events. More than 50 heads of state and government are attending the opening ceremony in what organizers say is a record.