Photos: Maria Sharapova helps light the Olympic flame

Saturday February 8th, 2014

sharapova8 Tennis star Maria Sharapova brings the Olympic torch into Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

More photos of Sharapova's memorable run below:

sharapova Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

sharapova2 Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

sharapova3 Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

sharapova4 Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

sharapova5 Photo: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

sharapova7 Photo: Fredrik Von Erichsen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
sharapova6 Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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