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Looking Back at the Winter Olympics on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony explore the Fisht Olympic Stadium location page and browse the #ClosingCeremony hashtag on Instagram.

On Sunday, the 2014 Winter Olympics officially came to a close. Over the past two weeks athletes from 88 different countries competed in Sochi, Russia, before thousands of fans. Spectators and athletes alike captured some of Sochi 2014’s finest moments, from The Opening Ceremony to life in the Olympic village and from the events themselves to, finally, the Closing Ceremony. The Closing Ceremony celebrated Russia’s rich artistic heritage, with references to Kandinsky and Chagall, music by Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Vladimir Horowitz, as well as Ballet from the Bolshoi. As the games came to an end, Sochi officially passed the torch to South Korea for 2018.

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The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony, explore the Олимпийский Стадион «Фишт» / Fisht Olympic Stadium location page, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag and follow @olympics on Instagram.

The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (@olympics) took place on Friday to officially open the Games in Russia.

The ceremony presented a history of Russia seen through the eyes of a young girl named Lubov, or ‘Love,’ opening with a journey through the unique Russian alphabet Azbuka.

To get a first-hand look at the atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony, follow these Russian Instagrammers who were in attendance and shared their experience on Instagram:

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Sochi 2014: Who to Follow on Instagram

For more photos and videos from the 2014 Winter Olympics, explore the Олимпийский Стадион «Фишт» / Fisht Olympic Stadium (Opening and Closing Ceremonies), Ледовая Арена Шайба / Arena Shayba, Ледовый дворец “Большой” / Ice Dome “Bolshoi”, Дворец зимнего спорта «Айсберг» / Iceberg Skating Palace, and Комплекс трамплинов «Русские Горки» / “RusSki Gorki” Jumping Center location pages.

If you can’t make it to the 2014 Winter Olympics (@olympics) this week, don’t worry. Athletes, teams, spectators and the Olympic organization themselves will be sharing photos from the 2014 Sochi Games (@sochi2014) on Instagram.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place from February 7-23 and many of the athletes, coaches, family members and officials are making their way to Sochi now. Be sure to follow these Instagrammers for a behind-the-scenes look at the Winter Olympics:

Athletes

  • Mikeala Shriffrin, United States alpine ski racer – @mikaelashiffrin
  • Bode Miller, United States alpine ski racer – @millerbode
  • Ted Ligety, United States alpine ski racer – @ted_ligety
  • Patrick Meek, United States speed skater – @patjmeek
  • Sarah Hendrickson, United States women’s ski jumper – @schendrickson
  • Taylor Gold, United States snowboarder – @taylor_gold
  • Richard Shoebridge, Great Britain speed skater – @rshoei
  • Penny Coomes, Great Britain figure skater – @pennycoomes
  • Marusa Ferk, Slovenia women’s alpine skiing – @marusaferk
  • Callum Watson, Australia men’s skier – @callumwxc
  • Tarjei Boe, Norway biathlete – @tarjei_boe
  • Spencer O’Brien, Canada snowboarder – @spencerobrien
  • Elena Radionova, Russia figure skater – @lenok_radionova
  • Sofya Prosvirnova, Russia short track – @sofya_p

Teams

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London 2012 Opening Ceremony

The #OpeningCeremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (@Olympics) is officially underway! Instagrammers are there capturing the experience. See some of their photos above and view more photos taken at the Olympic Stadium here.

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Follow Friday: The Olympics on Instagram

If you’re not one of the 10,500 athletes, 7,000 officials or 800,000 spectators that are making the trip to the Olympics this year, fret not. Athletes, teams and the @Olympics themselves will be sharing photos from #London2012 on Instagram.

The games begin on July 27th and many of the athletes, coaches, family members and officials are making their way to the UK now. Be sure to follow these Instagrammers for a behind the scenes peek: