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    Sochi Opening Ceremony...Who will light the flame?

    Who would they choose? A past Olympic champion? Plushy? Rodnina? Gordeeva?

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    Probably Plushenko.
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    As much as I'm for a skater, I think no on Plushenko. It will likely be someone of a larger significance in Russian Olympic sports. Who that would be I have no clue, but I bet zero dollars on it being Plushy. I'd bet higher odds on a hockey player. If there is some type of relay run where several people are chosen to carry the torch on a final lap type of thing, I could see Rodnina a high possibility for a skater choice.

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    You may be right about a hockey player. or a cross country skier

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    The old hockey player..maybe Tretiak? or other famous players in the Soviet Red Army..They were incredible..the whole NHL was nothing compered them
    Last edited by lala; 07-23-2013 at 03:35 PM.

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    Would it really be a good idea to have Plushy if he's competing, though? Cathy Freeman lit the cauldron for us in Sydney and ran, but running is not a judged sport where reputation is king and accusations of fixing/corruption run rife...

    If he's not competing, I think he will definitely have some part in it. He's a huge part of their Winter Olympic history and it would be fitting for someone of his stature to take part.

    I think a relay around the stadium is always a bit cool because that's where you put your greats.

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    I hope whoever lights the cauldron isn't someone who is also going to be competing. I would rather it's an older Olympic legend which Russia has many to choose from.

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    Don't choose a Russian ice dancer. With the amount of bleach and hair product they use, standing near an open flame is just asking for trouble.

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    Plushy will carry the Olympic torch in St. Petersburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrellH View Post
    Who would they choose? A past Olympic champion? Plushy? Rodnina? Gordeeva?
    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    Probably Plushenko.
    Can't imagine it will be an active competitor. If Plushenko will indeed be well enough to be a part of the Russian team, I think it's far more likely that he'll be the Russian flagbearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    Don't choose a Russian ice dancer. With the amount of bleach and hair product they use, standing near an open flame is just asking for trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lala View Post
    The old hockey player..maybe Tretiak? or other famous players in the Soviet Red Army..They were incredible..the whole NHL was nothing compered them
    Yes, Tretiak!

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    I assume Putin will again show his strength, and throw a burning bear to light the flame...

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    Don't choose a Russian ice dancer. With the amount of bleach and hair product they use, standing near an open flame is just asking for trouble.

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    In giving it some more thought, I doubt they'd choose a woman (even Rodnina). This is a very male-centric government at the moment.

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    double post

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    I would never imagine them choosing Johnny to light it. But, if the current Russian administration continues with their homophobia, I can imagine him protesting by roasting some marshmallows on it ;-)

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    I'd bet on someone with hockey. Like a captain from one of the gold winning teams. Its too bad Larisa Lazutina had the doping allegations!

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    Irina Rodnina?!

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    The Protopopovs? You get one man and one woman. They're married so you get the romantic angle. And, of course, they changed the sport of figure skating.

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