- Opening Ceremony
Could this 11-year-old be the most memorable face in the Olympics?
SOCHI, Russia - It's hard to imagine a more pure, kinder image, a better symbol of love.
Liza Temnikova was the first and likely the most memorable face of Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremonies.
The 11-year-old flew high in the air, surely making some in the audience gasp.
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She didn't give it a second thought.
"Not all, no not scary," she told 9NEWS reporter Anastasiya Bolton.
Leeza, as her name is pronounced in Russian, doesn't say much. She's very shy.
Her mother says Liza was in her athlete mode during the performance at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
"She's an athlete, she's an athlete and she's just this way, calm," said mom Marina Temnikova. "She's a very shy and reserved child."
But Liza can say what her role was in the ceremony.
"We played love," she said.
The way she will describe the experience to her older brothers?
"Interesting, awesome and cold," she said.
But the gravity of it, the understanding she's now the face of a nation?
No one in fourth grade really thinks about that and her own mother is having a hard time grasping it.
"First of all very proud of her," Temnikova said. "Second it's still very hard to believe. I don't believe it all the way."
Already an accomplished rhythmic gymnast, Liza says she has more than 30 medals, so for her this is just the first Olympics. Summer games somewhere? Here she comes.
"It's not a "maybe", but we're hoping for that," mom said.
"I will be going," confirmed 11-year-old Liza.
Liza won a casting call and started shooting some of the videos played during the ceremonies this summer.