The Weirdest Moments from the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Along with the fantastic feats of athleticism, the Olympics are always a veritable festival of drama and weirdness. And while Sochi has taken this reality and really run with it in the lead-up to their Winter Games, the Opening Ceremony also delivered on Russian-style kitsch and awkwardness. Observe, below, pictures of the dozen or so weirdest moments from the Opening Ceremony.

Who doesn't love observing Communist history (see lede picture as well) through rose-colored glasses? As comforting as a Soviet propaganda poster.

Now for some contemporary Russia greatness - tATu!

The Weirdest Moments from the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

A tribue to Russian architecture or a bad acid trip?

The Olympic rings are winking at us!

The Weirdest Moments from the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Terrifying mascot.

One stray dog that survived the pre-Olympic purge. :) /:(

The Weirdest Moments from the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

On the left: The Dark Lord Putin himself, looking like that garbage monster from Spirited Away. To the right is rhythmic gymnast, politician and rumored Putin mistress Alina Kabaeva. Another rumor has it that she's only made it into the ceremony as one of Russia's top Olympic athletes because of her proximity to the Russian president.

It's weird to show up with rainbow uniforms at a Olympics run by an anti-gay country, and then deny that there's any relationship right? No matter, that foreground woman's headdress is awesome.

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