All About Liza Temnikova: The Flying Girl from the Sochi Opening Ceremonies

Liza Temnikova Stars in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony
Liza Temnikova
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02/07/2014 AT 10:30 PM EST

The Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony featured many striking moments, but seeing a young girl lifted high into the Fisht Olympic Stadium's rafters was perhaps the most memorable.

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Liza Temnikova performs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Her name is Elizaveta (or Liza) Temnikova, and she's 11 years old.

All About Liza Temnikova: The Flying Girl from the Sochi Opening Ceremonies| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Liza Temnikova performs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Temnikova was playing a character named Lyubov – the ceremony's theme was "Dreams About Russia."

All About Liza Temnikova: The Flying Girl from the Sochi Opening Ceremonies| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Liza Temnikova performs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Temnikova hails from Krasnodar, a town north of Sochi.



All About Liza Temnikova: The Flying Girl from the Sochi Opening Ceremonies| Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

Liza Temnikova performs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Examiner.com reports that she's the daughter of two taxi drivers. According to the New York Times, Temnikova won the role in a casting call.



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