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18:43 Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab has left for Sochi where he is going to participate in the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
18:40 King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia plan going to Sochi to support the Swedish national team at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games.
16:12. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Olympics and thanked him for Turkish construction companies’ aid in preparing the Olympic Games.
15:59. Ten talented children selected from thousands of contenders across the country will join the combined children’s choir of Russia singing under the baton of the renowned conductor and artistic director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev
15:19. Training sessions in several disciplines are taking place in Sochi today. Luge training looks impressive.
(C) ITAR-TASS/ Valery Sharifulin
14:45. By the way, today is the final day of Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic Torch has been almost everywhere by now: on a mountain peak, in Baikal's depths and even in outer space.
(C) ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
14:37. Olympic opening ceremony producer Konstantin Ernst reveals that the parade of nations will take less time and be more dynamic than at the previous Olympic Games.
13:14. Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko will perform the Olympic hymn during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in hosting Black Sea resort Sochi, the ceremony’s chief creative producer and script author Konstantin Ernst said.
09:54. US President Barak Obama gave an interview to NBC channel that will be aired on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony. However, some quotes were made public on Thursday. Thus, Obama said that Russian and American military, intelligence services’ staff and law enforcement officers are in constant contact in the context of holding Olympic Games in Sochi.
07:34. Everything ready for the opening ceremony that will begin at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium at 20:14 Moscow time. The promoters keep the details of the opening ceremony secret and have disclosed only a tiny bit of information to President Vladimir Putin who inspected the Olympic facilities many times.
02:49. Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the role of close contacts and mutual understanding with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the fulfillment of Russia’s obligations assumed in Guatemala for the preparation for the Sochi Olympic Games.
01:24. Figure skaters Volosozhar and Trankov said they could not let their team down. “Any skating always makes one nervous, and there was also a sense of responsibility. We could not let the team down,” Volosozhar said.
00:00. The opening ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will be the main event this day. Many national leaders are already heading to Sochi to see that spectacular show: Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliev, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Czech President Milos Zeman etc. Russian President Vladimir Putin will open the ceremony and meet with foreign leaders. However, he would not be the one to light the Olympic flame.