SOCHI, March 08 /ITAR-TASS/. The appearance of the icebreaker Mir at the Paralympics opening ceremony on Friday, March 7, was one of the most memorable episodes of the event, practically all of the guests interviewed by ITAR-TASS said on Saturday, March 8.
“I liked the ship very much. It was interesting to look inside through its ‘windows’,” kids from Rostov’s children’s home said. They said they were trying to see if there were any passengers inside the ship.
The icebreaker sailed into the arena in the third part of the ceremony, giving a low toot. While it was negotiating its way through “blocks of ice” symbolising the lack of understanding and barriers between people, the Cossack Lullaby to Mikhail Lermontov’s lyrics was sung by opera diva Maria Gulegina from its deck. “When Maria sang, my heart stopped beating. So beautiful it was,” a girl from Kazan said.
At some point, the word “Mir” (peace) appeared in red on the icebreaker’s hull. When the ship was gone, the “blocks of ice” formed the word “together” that seconds later transformed into the emblem of the Paralympic Games, reflecting the overall atmosphere at the stadium.
The guests also noted the wave started by volunteers and picked up by the stands. “It lasted about five minutes,” fans said admiringly.
“After such a fantastic and splendid opening ceremony, we can’t even imagine what surprises we can expect from the organisers at the Games’ closing,” fans form Nizhny Novgorod said.