The Canadian Press - Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 10:41 ET

Canada's flag raised at Olympic plaza

Almost 100 Canadian athletes and staff gather for ceremony

Canadian Flag
Team Canada is welcomed by the official flag raising ceremony before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Canada's flag has been raised at the international plaza, marking an unofficial start for Canadian athletes at the Olympic games.

Almost 100 Canadian athletes and staff gathered to watch a Russian musical performance with dancing and see the Olympic mascots. But most importantly they were there to see the red-and-white Maple Leaf flag raised next to the Olympic banner.

That happened just as the sun was setting Wednesday evening over the Black Sea, with the national anthem playing in the background.

Chef de mission Steve Podborski said it was a milestone moment because it was the first time the entire team that's staying in the Coastal Village got together as a group.

And they didn't leave empty-handed, as each athlete received a pair of multi-coloured gloves from Sochi 2014 volunteers.

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