Thousands of athletes, 4 rings and 1 dog at the Olympics opening ceremony

Television viewers in the U.S. won’t be able to watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics until Friday night, but the event, in Sochi, Russia, took place earlier in the day. Thousands of athletes from 85 countries processed through Fisht Olympic Stadium, while dazzling light displays awed the crowd.

Several news agencies live tweeted during the spectacular, which NBC will air starting at 7:30 p.m. EST Friday.

Most of the images are stunning:

#Sochi2014 : Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony pic.twitter.com/phatGOmkpT

— AFP Photo Department (@AFPphoto) February 7, 2014

Performers take the stage prior to the #Olympics Opening Ceremony at #Sochi2014. (via @gettyimages) pic.twitter.com/a47a6PqosJ

— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 7, 2014

But in the end, there was one account of a missed cue:

The Olympic rings light up – one failing to display properly – during the #sochi2014 opening ceremony pic.twitter.com/ypqvTHKOLz

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 7, 2014


And at least one dog spotted:

A stray dog just strolled into the stadium ahead of the Sochi opening ceremony. Volunteers chased him away. pic.twitter.com/UJa8Ny3i5z

— James Ellingworth (@jellingworth) February 7, 2014

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