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TRANSLATION:

Espectacular inauguración de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno

Spectacular Inauguration of the Winter Olympic Games

 

 

Con una ceremonia en la que Rusia mostró su historia y cultura, quedaron inaugurados este viernes los Juegos de Invierno de Sochi-2014, los más caros de la historia,

The Sochi Winter Games of 2014, the most expensive in history, were kicked off  today, Friday, in a ceremony that show-cased Russia’s history and culture.

rodeados de extremas medidas de seguridad, siendo dos exdeportistas,

Surrounded by heavy security, two sports greats

Irina Rodnina y Vladislav Tretyak, los que encendieron el pebetero.

Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyah lit the (Olympic) cauldron.

 

COMMENTS:  Well firstly, the length of the Spanish sentences is always impressive but as there was a definite change of theme I divided the first sentence into two English ones.  To sound natural  I had to change the order of the English sentence and rather than ‘inaugurated’ I chose to use ‘kicked-off’ in the body of the text which I thought sounded more natural.  I couldn’t seem to come up with a combination to include ‘Friday’ so I went for ‘today’.

Secondly, I was not quite sure why ‘siendo’ was placed where it was in the second sentence so I simplified the English version while still providing the same information.  Tricky business this translating! lol Feel free to suggest any better alternatives.

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