Winter Olympics Opened Friday in Sochi

By Sophie Peters ’16

Fireworks were set off to celebrate the opening of the Olympics after the torch was lit. (Photo: Josh Haner/The New York Times)

Fireworks were set off to celebrate the opening of the Olympics after the torch was lit. (Photo: Josh Haner/The New York Times)

The 2014 Winter Olympics opened in Sochi, Russia on Friday after nearly seven years of preparation and a three hour ceremony. 40,000 people attended the opening, with billions more watching around the globe.

The games have been mired in controversy stemming from security issues, the killing of stray dogs for a cleaner city and gay rights, among others.

The United States has sent an all time record number of athletes to the games. There will be 230 US competitors.

There are seven new nations to the Winter Olympics, making a total of 88 nations.

The games will close on Feb. 23.