The 10 Most "Putin Faces" Putin Made During the Opening Ceremony

While the opening ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was filled with dazzling fireworks, light shows and snowy special effects, perhaps the greatest marvel was President Vladimir Putin's imperturbable face. Amid criticism over his government's anti-gay legislation, the shoddy state of facilities in Sochi and the tension caused by repeated terrorist threats, Putin made a stoic appearance at the rather controversial ceremony. Here are 10 pictures of his most Putin-y faces:

1. Waiting Putin

Putin waits in the wings to be introduced at the opening ceremony. A case of stage fright, maybe?

2. Contemplative Putin

Putin is chilling all by his lonesome in the presidential lounge. Also, notice how the state TV is airing rehearsal footage of the Olympic rings, cutting away from the spectacular failure when the fifth snowflake failed to open.

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3. Casual Putin

This is Putin's schmooze face. Really.

4. Half-Smile Putin

Not even VIP seating (with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach) is enough to fully cheer Putin up.

5. Deep Thoughts Putin

A solemn look during the Russian national anthem.

6. Secret Putin

"We're never talking about that fifth snowflake again," he tells Bach.

7. On-the-Verge-of-Full-Fledged-Joy Putin

He almost manages a smile here.

8. Compassionate Putin

Putin is seated next to Irina Skvortsova, a former bobsledder. After a life-threatening injury in 2009, Skvortsova retired from sports, but Putin invited her as a guest of honor.

9. Mischievous Putin

Just look at those steepled hands.

10. Peaceful Putin

Despite the Snowflake-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, the rest of the ceremony is relatively glitch-free. Putin is pleased in this picture. I think.

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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