Russia House in the Winter Olympics capital of Vancouver was opened by Russian deputy prime ministers Alexander Zhukov and Dmitry Kozak by simultaneously striking a puck across the ice.
The ceremony was highlighted by a live video linkup with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Sochi, who wished the Russian Olympic teams luck in the upcoming games.
"On behalf of all the fans, the millions of us, I want to wish you success, strength of character and good luck," Putin said from the media center of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
"We all look forward to the start and await your results," the prime minister told the Russian competitors at the Russia House in Vancouver. "We are confident that you will cope with all the emotional difficulties, and overcome everything to achieve great success."
VANCOUVER, February 12 (RIA Novosti)