Gorgeous ballet portion of the ceremony now. (It wouldn't be a Russian Olympics if ballet was not somehow included).
Below is the summary of a conversation CTV Reporter Daniele Hamamdjian had earlier today with locals:
President of Sochi organizing committee Dmitry Chernyshenko says in English that the Games will be both "hot" and "cool." Says the Olympic Games are what unites the world.
IOC President Thomas Bach now speaking.
Bach thanks Sochi residents, volunteers and workers for their "patience" in the years ahead leading up to the Games. Thanks them for the warm hospitality.
Olympic games are a sports festival embracing human diversity and unity, Bach says
Bach asks politicians to address diversity concerns peacefully, not on the backs of athletes. Seems like he's taking a shot at Russia's anti-gay laws.
And with a barrage of fireworks, Putin declares that the games are now open.
Meanwhile, the countdown clock in Sochi has finally hit 0
Apparently, one of those skaters fell.
Olympic Flame lit, fireworks going off everywhere outside Fisht Stadium. Impressive.