Tennis got some of the spotlight during the Sochi Olympic opening ceremony when Maria Sharapova came jogging into Fisht Olympic Stadium brandishing a huge smile and the Olympic torch. The Sochi native was one a group of six decorated Russian Olympians in the torch-lighting finale.
Sharapova, a silver medalist two years ago in London, joined a group that included two-time gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva (pole vaulter), three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Karelin (wrestling), gold medalist Alina Kabaeva (rhythmic gymnastics), and three-time gold medalists Irina Rodnina (figure skating) and Vladislav Tretyak (hockey). Rodina and Tretyak paired up for the final jog out of the stadium to light the cauldron for the official Olympic flame.
That was the best jog of my life! Running will never feel the same. #OpeningCeremony
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 7, 2014
More photos of Sharapova’s memorable run below: