Russian greats light cauldron

Updated: February 7, 2014, 9:04 PM ET
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SOCHI, Russia -- Russia gave its highest Olympic honor to two of its greatest champions.

Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak and figure skater Irina Rodnina used the torch to light the Olympic cauldron Friday and conclude the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games.

The identity of the cauldron lighter was the great mystery heading into the evening, as it is at many Olympics. Some even thought Russian President Vladimir Putin would do the honors.

The tension built in the closing ...

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