We live-interpreted Sochi's Winter Olympics opening ceremony (LIVE BLOG)

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Scenes from some of the seven islands that represent the diversity of Russia float past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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Olympic torch is lit

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And the games are officially open


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Sochi's Olympic mascots freak everyone out

And we're back to the pageantry portion of the ceremony, with some Russian ballet, onion domes and a shoutout to Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."

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Sochi's Olympic mascots freak everyone out

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Russia enters with t.A.T.u. music

If t.A.T.u. sounds vaguely familiar... remember this?

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East Timor's first Winter Olympian

As you watch the ceremony tonight, keep an eye out for East Timor's first Winter Olympian Yohan Goutt-Goncalves.

The 19-year-old is on a mission to introduce East Timor to the world — and, for those who only know its history of turmoil, to show that there is more to the country and its people.

He’ll fulfill his mission on Friday, by carrying the flag of Timor Leste, as the country is officially known, in the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Read more about Goutt-Goncalves.

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The athletes' parade begins

The countries began their stroll through the Olympic stadium:

And here's Team USA waiting in the wings:

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The first minor malfunction of the night

Eagle-eyed viewers caught this moment where one of the snowflakes failed top open:

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Putin's moment, the national anthem

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Everything is floating

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And we're off!

The opening ceremony started with:

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Here's the view from Fisht stadium

The view from outside:

And athletes on their way (via the Twitter account of Sophie Caldwell, a member of the US ski team):

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Sochi gets ready for the spotlight

If you're a cable or satellite subscriber, you can catch most of the Winter Olympics online. The one thing you won't be able to see is the opening ceremony that's kicking off the Olympics in Sochi on Friday.

"We want to put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves," NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus told Variety.

We'll be following along with Senior Correspondent Dan Peleschuk as he gives us the highlights with cultural context.

You can find him here on Twitter.

And you can find the folks from NBC News on Twitter here

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