Now following the final steps of the Olympic Torch...
Athletes coming shortly and they will be coming from beneath the floor somehow, rather than the sides of the stadium.
Now scenes of the Olympic torch's route from Greece. They skip the part in the taxi.
Torch still en route to stadium
The athletes are coming! The athletes are coming!
One of the five Olympic rings didn't light up. Wayne Gretzky turns to Janet and screams, "SEE?!"
The Greeks are wearing basic blue track suits with white piping. Reserved, reformed and economically viable.
OK, Austria may take away Canada's prize for using the most red in #Sochi2014.
Russia does many things well. House music is not one of them.
Expect the athlete part to be zippy, the creative director called the athlete march one of the "longest and more boring" parts of any Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
Australia, then Austria. Will they all come in in English or the Russian alphabet? Anyone remember 1976 when ABC TV cut away for commercial after Egypt, and missed les Etats-Unis?
Want Andorra's fair-isle sweaters and pom-pom toques. So apres ski.
Those of you familiar with the hockey blog will be familiar with DRINK. A little game we play when we see the same thing over and over again, like a Nazem Kadri giveaway at the blue line. Thinking this morning, we'll DRINK when see other countries wearing only Red and White. Let's see if we can make it to Switzerland.
Not sure about the country-name carriers' outfits...they look kind of like iced (as in frozen water) wedding cakes.
It has become apparent that moustaches reign supreme in Belarus.
Poor Bermudians, wearing shorts in Sochi doesn't look fun. Bet they're dreaming of their tropical beaches right now...
It's the Ikea team! No wait, never mind.
Up to the Bs now as Brazil enters...
Great Britain pulls off puffa jackets (designed by Adidas) like no one's business. Sporty, simple and smiley.
Can Antonio from Venezuela be my new friend?
Oh, look a double rainbow! Nope, it's just the German team.
Venezuela has also participated in the Winter Olympic Games since 1998.
The German outfits don't look any better in person, either.
Designed by Willy Bogner, the colours are suppose the reflect the Sochi landscape: turquoise for the sea, yellow for the sun, green for palm trees and white for the Caucasus mountains.
Kerry, the German outfits have actually grown on me. They're certainly make an impression.
They're showing the head of state as the athletes come in. There's supposed to be 40 of them but Canada, USA and many western European nations skipped it.
We're following the Russian alphabet. That explains why Zimbabwe just entered.