A lot happened during Sochi’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Horses flew, LED-jellyfish danced, an Austrian athlete fell down, and the 5th Olympic ring missed its entrance.
But amid the spectacles, and an overall job well done, strutted tall,
leggy snowflake-like models who led in the 88 competing countries in
the Parade of Nations.
Leading the Russian delegation was none other than Russian supermodel and Sports Illustrated veteran, Irina Shayk.
The 28-year-old stunner, who has been featured in the Sports
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since 2007 (snagging the 2011 cover) proudly
led her country’s 250 athletes into the Olympic stadium during Friday’s
Dressed in head-to-toe white with an ornate headdress, the model’s
ensemble was meant to depict a Russian snow maiden, or Snegurochka, a
popular character in Russian folklore.
Shayk, whose been dating Portuguese football superstar Cristiano
Ronaldo since 2010, didn’t contain her pride of Mother Russia solely to
her Opening Ceremony cameo. The active Instagram user posted a sexy
photo earlier in the week sporting a Russian baseball hat and
strategically placed Sochi 2014 gloves.
Here’s hoping the rest of the Winter Games are this hot.