Did you watch the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi? Even though most of us saw it on delay, it was still quite a theatrical production to witness.
The beginning portion of the ceremony saw a Peter Pan-like production with sets suspended and moving across the stage to represent dreams. An 11-year-old girl, who we were told embodied the feminine soul of Russia, was a huge part of the show. She was up in the air “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” style and the NBC commentators Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira shared that she actually broke her arm during the training last fall.
The 11-year-old girl, Elizabeta Temnikova (spelling?) is from Krasnodar, north of Sochi. Russia actually had a hard time finding someone to do that role because they needed someone who was acrobatic and fearless and obviously willing to break a leg (or arm) for the production.
After breaking her arm, the young girl was asked whether she wanted out of the ceremony. Like a true gamer, she said no. NBC also shared that she wants to return to the Olympics one day as an athlete. Didn’t we all when we were 11?