This time is upon us.
Tennis superstar and Sochi girl Maria Sharapova arrives in the arena carrying the Olympic flame.
It's a who's who of Russian sporting royalty, as Sharapova passes the baton to polevaulting legend Yelena Isinbayeva.
Aleksandr Karelin, a greco-roman wrestler of some repute, gets in on the relay before handing on to rhythmic gymnast turned politician Alina Kabaeva.
Finally, we arrive at the chosen two. Figure skating's triple gold medal winner Irina Rodnina and iconic ice hockey goalie Vladislav Tretiak carry the flame out to the space age Olympic Cauldron.
The fuse is lit and as it cauldron catches fire, fireworks blaze across the Sochi sky. Finally, the Olympic Games are upon us.