Watch the Evolution of the Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony

Track the parade of nations' 86-year progression from Chamonix, France to Vancouver, Canada
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Pomp, Snow and Circumstance

The Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics is hours away. But the 22nd Winter Games are facing immense scrutiny on the eve of their launch. Hotels remain incomplete, stranding journalists on the city's subtropical streets. Thousands of stray dogs loiter amid new construction. (Hundreds have already been killed as animal rights workers race to save the remaining strays). But for those with canine-free room and board, there's another worry: their cell phones, laptops and tablets are being targeted by Russia's skilled computer hackers. While local and international officials race to fix these issues, a ravenous western television audience awaits the broadcast with must-see TV levels of enthusiasm. So in anticipation of tomorrow night's spectacle, we've traced the scope, scale and expense of each successive celebration from 1924 to 2010, save three shows for which video footage was unavailable. Blaine McEvoy

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