(SOCHI, Russia) -- The Sochi Olympics have officially begun. Men’s snowboard slopestyle qualifying runs opened the games on Thursday, with women’s qualifying runs following. Three of the American athletes competing qualified for the Semis. In the next day, all eyes will be on the opening ceremonies at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, where some 40,000 spectators will be watching from the stands.
Details about the ceremony, which is reportedly costing millions of dollars, remain hush-hush. There will be fireworks -- lots of them, matching the display seen following a Saturday rehearsal for the opening ceremonies.
And dancing: American-born Broadway vet Daniel Ezralow, famous for his choreography in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, says he’s been planning an uplifting historical performance featuring 800 performers.
Rumor also has it that Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. -- famous for homosexually-suggestive lyrics and the hit 2003 single “All the Things She Said” -- will appear as well. Other rumored performers include famous Russian violinist Yuri Bashmet, conductor Valery Gergiev and ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina.
Another expected highlight involves a choir of 1,000 children, who are expected to share a stage with floating cathedral domes, glowing magical horses, buildings, trains and bridges.
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