Forget the stray dogs and the dodgy hotel rooms! The Olympics have finally arrived to Sochi. Russia kicked off its winter games with the Opening Ceremony on Friday. Here's a look at the best photos from the Olympic opener.

What can we expect from the ceremony? We'll have a tribute to Russia's significant cultural history (everything from Tolstoy to cosmonauts!) and expect Russia's athletes to take significant roles.

We'll be updating the gallery below as events unfold.

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: A spectator poses as she arrives for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Spectators pose as they arrive for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Yulia Volkova (L) and Lena Katina (L-bottom) of t.A.T.u. perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of sunset at the Olympic Park during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    A military choir performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    Performers take the field during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Ministry of Internal Affairs choir sings 'Get Lucky' during the pre-show of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    A volunteer jumps in front of the Olympic cauldron, moments before the start of Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings with one failing to form during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowflakes transform into four Olympic rings with one failing to form during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote REMOTE/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Voices of Russia during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Scenes from some of the seven islands that represent the diversity of Russia float past during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Canada Olympic team enters the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Canada Olympic team enters the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Canada Olympic team enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Short track speed skater Jon Eley of the Great Britain Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Alex Pullin of the Australia Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    Belgium's flag bearer, bobsledder Hanna Emilie Marien leads her national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach applaud during the playing of the Russian national anthem at the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by David Goldman - Pool/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Maria Hoefl-Riesch of the Germany Olympic team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    US flag bearer, nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US flag bearer, nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russia's delegation parades during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russian model Irina Shayk leads Russia's flag bearer, bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, and the delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the France Olympic team take pictures during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Dancers perform with inflated objects during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Liza Temnikova as Lyubov performs Rites of Spring during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Actors perform as characters from the time of Peter the Great during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    The Leopard, one of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics mascots, is presented during the opening ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bolshoi dancer Svetlana Zakharova performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Dancers Vladimir Vasilyev, Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Petukhov perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    Statues are lifted during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Dancers Danila Korsuntsev (L) and Alexander Petukhov perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Actors portraying construction workers during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Maria Sharapova carries the Olympic torch into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Olympic torch bearer Maria Sharapova enters the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Dancers perform Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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    Russian gymnast and Olympian medalist Alina Kabaeva hold up the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Alexandr Karelin (L) carries the Olympic torch as Elena Isinbaeva (R) and Maria Sharapova look on during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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    Russian Olympic medalists Alina Kabaeva (L), Alexander Karelin, Elena Isinbaeva and Maria Sharapova run with the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: the Olympic flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)