The 2014 Olympic Games are just around the corner. With the record budget, Russia is sure to put on an elaborate Opening Ceremony. We have gone back 20 years and collected some of the most breathtaking images.
Presented by United Airlines THE SKI JUMPER PREPARES TO BEGIN HIS DESCENT WITH THE OLYMPIC TORCH DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/ALLSPORT Muhammad Ali holds the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. A general view of the opening ceremony in Minami Sports Park taken on February 7,1998 during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. (Photo by: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images) A general view from the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport A general view from the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images) Olympics Opening Ceremony at Olympic Stadium on August 13, 2004. (Photo by Chris Ivin/Getty Images) Suspended performers during the Opening Ceremonies of the XX Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Torino, Italy on February 10, 2006. (Photo by S. Levin/Getty Images) Acrobats perform on a large sphere in the National Stadium during the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/MCT) A snowboarder flies thru the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Fireworks burst above the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)