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Sochi: Peter Dinklage Kicks Off NBC's Winter Olympics Opener (Exclusive Video)

Watch a clip from NBC's coverage kickoff, with the "Game of Thrones" actor lending his voice to usher in the worldwide winter sports competition.

Winter is here.

NBC has recruited Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage to help usher in the network's Winter Olympics coverage on Friday, narrating the seven-minute segment that will kick off the games' opening ceremony.

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The Hollywood Reporter exclusively premieres a clip from the opener, which features Olympians Shaun White, J.R. Celski, Gracie Gold, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Ashley Wagner, Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller, Tina Maze, Aksel Lund Svindal, Yuna Kim and Alex Ovechkin.

The segment -- created over the past year by a team led by executive producer Jim Bell -- welcomes the audience to Russia and the games, showcasing the history and culture of the world’s largest country, as well as the athletes’ journeys to the Olympics, just moments before they walk into Fisht Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.

NBC's Olympics coverage begin at 7:30 p.m. EST with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Bob Costas, joined by New Yorker editor David Remnick.

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Watch the exclusive opening clip above.

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