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Feb 07, 2014 | 2:07pm EST

Russian leader Vladimir Putin's reported girlfriend, retired Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, was among the torchbearers who helped kickstart the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday (07Feb14). Other torchbearers included tennis star Maria Sharapova, wrestler Alexander Karelin and ice hockey icon Vladislav Tretiak. Opera diva Anna Netrebko performed the Olympic Anthem at the big launch.

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