A mythical troika, a symbol of Russian courage, rushes through a storm during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at  Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
A mythical troika, a symbol of Russian courage, rushes through a storm during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT) MCT
A mythical troika, a symbol of Russian courage, rushes through a storm during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT) MCT

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