Calling it the run of her life, a beaming Maria Sharapova led the torch-lighting ceremony at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia today. Sharapova was the first of six Russian Olympians who carried the torch through Fisht Olympic Stadium before the Olympic flame was lit.
Sharapova told NBC that she was asked three months ago to participate in the opening ceremonies, but that it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that she was told what her role would be.
Also carrying the torch today, in one of the final runs before the opening ceremonies, was Elena Vesnina. Vesnina has lived in Sochi since childhood. Sharapova's family moved to Sochi when she was two years old.