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    Russia Kicks Off Sochi Games With Hope And Hubris

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    Rebecca Stefansky

    by Rebecca Stefansky

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    A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports, instead of terrorism, gay rights and coddling despots. And that's just the way Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these Winter Games to be.