2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Handover of the Olympic flag.
Director: Andrei Boltenko
Art Director: Anton Sakara
Visualization: Alexander Sokolov
The Olympic flag was handed off by Gregor Robertson, the mayor of Vancouver, to Jacques Rogge, the President of the IOC. It was then handed off to the mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, whose city will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Russians then staged a demonstration to showcase the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The segment featured Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova in a video. Maria Guleghina performed while riding on a special troika containing white neon horses, the principal dancers of the Kirov, Bolshoi, and Mariinsky ballets, 2006 Olympic champions Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov ice dancing by the Black Sea, giant zorbs rolling around the stage, the appearance of figure skaters Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Rodnina with ice hockey players Alexander Ovechkin and Vladislav Tretiak (four years later, Rodnina and Tretiak began to light the cauldron in Sochi), and a live orchestra performance playing in Red Square while being conducted, via satellite, by Valery Gergiev at BC Place.