Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Liza Temnikova: The Flying Little Girl of the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Liza Temnikova is the daughter of two taxi drivers from Krasnodar, a town north of Sochi. She has been a gymnast since age 6, which is very appropriate in regards to her role as a "flying" child during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. After attending an open casting call, Liza was chosen to represent Lyubov, meaning love. She played the role of a little girl who falls asleep dreaming of Russia; thus the theme of the ceremony, "Dreams About Russia." However, Liza was not only apt for mid-air suspension and maneuvering-- she also starred in the opening video illustrating the Russian alphabet, which described influential pieces of Russian history for each presented letter. Liza Temnikova is not often recognized for her role in the introduction of Russia during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but she did indeed have an impact on viewers around the world with her graceful portrayal.

Here is the Russian Alphabet video:

Images of Liza Temnikova:

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