Maria Sharapova brings the torch into the stadium ...
Alexander Karelin. The wrestler who was so huge and powerful, an opponent once suggested that his parents had been matched to create a genetically optimal athlete.
Sharapova and her flowing hair, I mean, fiery Olympic torch.
...hands off to pole vaulting great Yelena Isinbayeva
There's Mr. 1972. Vladislav Tretiak with torch.
Huge ovation for Vladislav Tretiak. Where's he in the greatest goalie ever discussion, Kevin?
Leaf scouts didn't think he was much of a goalie. Didn't think Team Canada would have a problem. What scouts didn't know, they saw Tretiak play the day after his honeymoon.
now in the hands of goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak
@CathalKelly: right after Reimer
They're running an awfully long way. You can see Tretiak flagging a bit.
Hope those two still train regularly...
@CathalKelly: Today's shooters would of course tear him and any other goalie from 70s apart. But for me, it was Dryden-Tretiak-Parent.
Tretiak and figure skating great Irina Rodnina share flame lighting duties. Goose bumps.
Flame lit - and staying that way, at least for now.
In other good news - nothing exploded here tonight that wasn't supposed to explode.
And the eye of Sauron has been lit. Happy (orc-free) Olympics everyone!
There's fireworks and then there's Oh My God, the Sky is on Fire! We're doing the latter here to close things out.
Here in Sochi, walls are rattling. Given my slim experience with Sochi architecture, this is not a comforting feeling.
The lights come up in the stadium ... and everyone's already gone.
That's my cue to make a move. See you in this space in the day's to come. More medals. Fewer menacing, inflatable bears.