Pomp, pageantry prepared for Olympics' opening night

Feb 07, 2014, 6:18 AM EST
 Snowboarder Nate Johnstone of Australia poses after an Austraian Olympic Team Press Conference at the Gorki Press Centre in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Cluster on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.
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The costliest Olympic Games in history officially open in Russia on Friday, with 98 medals to be won over 16 days. Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast, will welcome about 2,900 athletes in 15 disciplines as the opening ceremony begins at 20:14 local time (16:14 GMT). The build-up has been overshadowed by security fears, human rights concerns and delays to preparations. But, at £30bn, the cost of these Games is more than the combined total of all other Olympic Winter Games to date.
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