2014 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

Sochi Opening Ceremony: Rodnina, Tretyak light Olympic cauldron together

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Two of Russia’s finest Olympians got the honor of lighting the cauldron in the climax of the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

After tennis superstar and NBC Olympics correspondent Maria Sharapova brought the Olympic flame into Fisht Olympic Stadium, the torch was then passed between pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, wrestler Aleksandr Karelin, and gymnast Alina Kabaeva before finally coming to three-time Olympic gold medalists Irina Rodnina (pairs figure skating) and Vladislav Tretyak (hockey).

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Rodnina and Tretyak then jogged outside the stadium to the cauldron’s structure. Upon arriving, they lit a smaller cauldron and the flame shot up the structure before igniting the main cauldron at the top.

Check out NBCOlympics.com to see how the athletes saw tonight’s event in Sochi.

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NBC Olympics correspondent Maria Sharapova was the first of the torchbearers inside Fisht Olympic Stadium. Photo: AP
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Alina Kabaeva (left) takes the torch from Aleksandr Karelin (center) as Sharapova and Yelena Isabayeva (far right) stand by. Photo: AP
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Vladislav Tretyak (with torch) and Irina Rodnina, the final torch bearers, take the Olympic flame toward the main cauldron. Photo: AP
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Tretyak and Rodnina light the mini-cauldron. Photo: AP
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The Olympic flame shoots upward toward the main cauldron. Photo: AP
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Fireworks go off outside the stadium following the flame’s ascension to the Olympic cauldron. Photo: Getty Images
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Let The Games Begin…Officially. Photo: AP

Couple with 10 Olympic gold medals gets married

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) British cyclists Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, David Beckham and Romeo Beckham during the Beach Volleyball on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Great Britain track cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were married on Saturday, according to their social media. Together the couple has won 10 Olympic gold medals, including five at the 2016 Rio Games.

Trott referred to her wedding day as “the happiest day of my life” on Instagram.

“With all my family and close friends I married my best friend,” she wrote. “We had the most amazing day and I’m so pleased to finally be able call Jason my husband.”

The couple’s romance became public at the 2012 Olympics, when they were photographed kissing in the stands behind David Beckham at the women’s beach volleyball finals, according to Sky News. By December 2014, they were engaged. They plan on returning to training after the honeymoon.

Kenny owns seven Olympic medals, including six golds. He has helped Great Britain win team sprint gold medals at every Olympics since 2008.

Trott won gold medals in team pursuit and omnium in Rio, after claiming gold medals in the same events in London. She became the first British woman with four career Olympic gold medals.

Instead of asking for gifts, the couple set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Dementia UK. You can donate here.

MORE: Great Britain cyclist Kenny wins third Rio

Blind Paralympic champion Brad Snyder throws ceremonial first pitch (video)

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Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.

Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.

He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.

The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.

Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.

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