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Ballet, Classical Music To Play Integral Role In Opening Ceremony
Published February 7, 2014
The ceremony will likely showcase Russia's “music and ballet history as well as its considerable lineup of famous composers and artists, from Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninoff and Tolstoy” (WSJ.com, 2/6). The Russian pop group tATu will also perform during the ceremony, “with a song about two schoolgirls in love” (AP, 2/6). Maria Sharapova, who spent her early childhood in Sochi, is “expected to participate” (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/7).
Meanwhile, there is speculation that former Russian rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva is a candidate to light the Olympic cauldron “simply because she has been linked romantically” to Vladimir Putin. Another candidate is former hockey player Slava Fetisov (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/7).
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