Inspired by the soaring prose of Chekhov and set to a timeless score by Tchaikovsky, Sochi's Olympics opened in a blaze of colour, a flurry of fireworks and an indoor blizzard to temporarily silence all those who worried about the snow. Just as in London, the colours of choice were red, white and blue but Vladimir Putin did not follow the lead of the Queen. He kept his entrance a little more understated as he declared the Games open, the culmination of a seven-year plan that makes these Olympics the most expensive ever staged. Sochi's first night showpiece raced through an odyssey of Russian history at breakneck speed, from Peter the Great to the rise of Bolshevik power and the Soviet Union's pioneering cosmonauts, who reached out for the stars in the ultimate race.
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Chastened by calls to modernize its leadership and energize its matches, wrestling changed its rules, created more weight classes for women and easily prevailed over squash and a combined bid by baseball and softball. The vote, which was to add one of the three sports, guaranteed that freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling would be contested at least through the Summer Games in Tokyo and the Olympics, which have yet to be awarded. Last February, in what was seen as a wake-up call, the member executive board of the I. The move drew heavy criticism because wrestling has been an integral Olympic sport. But Olympic officials complained to wrestling officials that their ancient sport had antiquated leadership and matches that could be dull, with results not easily understood by spectators. Its president, Raphael Martinetti of Switzerland, resigned and was replaced by Nenad Lalovic, a burly and gregarious Serb.
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It probably helped that Bobby Riggs was on an emotional and intellectual low the very same day. Soviet Major Yuri Gagarin is on a physical and emotional high when he becomes the first human to travel into space on April 12, , aboard the spacecraft Vostok, The historic flight also made him the first human to orbit the planet. On the day of the victory, Sept. His opponent was experiencing a critical intellectual and physical day and an emotional low. Thomas Alva Edison is on a physical and emotional high and six days from an intellectual high when he invents the first electric incandescent lamp of practical value on Oct.