Wow. All I can say is WOW. As we all exited the Fisht stadium, Bill Marolt said, “That was the best opening ceremonies ever.”
If President Putin wanted to have a greater impact on the 40,000 people in attendance, he could have rolled a few tanks into the stadium and done a few fighter jet passes. That was not really necessary though. The ceremony was more impressive than any of us anticipated.
I am fortunate to be in Sochi with the US Ski and Snowboard Association. The team is fortunate to have a committed group of supporters that have been instrumental in the ongoing success of our skiing and snowboard athletes.
Usually the opening ceremony has a focus on the culture and history of winter sports. While the Russian culture was showcased in dance, the strength and the power of the Russian Federation was artfully delivered. President Putin assertively represented the power of the people and the glory of the Russian Federation.