The Games have officially begun.  CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman was on hand for the opening ceremony to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

At the very start of the ceremony Russian President Vladimir Putin was introduced.  Then the Russian National Anthem.  During the parade of nations, Greece was the first to enter the stadium, Russia the last, and in his speech, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach made comments that may have been a response to anti-gay laws in Russia,

"It is possible even as competitors to live together without any form of discrimination for any reason whatsoever," Bach proclaimed.

President Barack Obama says America "couldn't be prouder of'' its Olympic athletes.  The president says the members of Team USA are an inspiration to the nation and America will be watching and rooting for them. The U.S. has sent some 230 athletes to Sochi, Russia, the largest delegation ever for any country at the Winter Games. 

PHOTOS: Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony