The response of the Troika was very encouraging:
New York Times
No doubt, one of the most enduring images for the audience was that of the glowing white troika, the chariot drawn by three horses immortalized in Gogol’s novel “Dead Souls.”
Ever seen a Russian troika? Viewers of the 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony were looking right the unique design of one about half way through the official ceremony in Sochi. The three horses of the ceremony weren’t alive, but the images of the three-horse drawn carriage were floating across Fisht Stadium on Friday night. The unusual and unique aspect of the moment had everyone gasping as the visual image was quite spectacular at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. While the Russian Troika was pulling a flaming Olympic ring, it was one of the most elaborate settings for the viewers watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
International Business Times
10 Most Amazing Moments that Left Audiences Mesmerize: Number 6. Giant Horses (Troika) Bringing Forth the Russian Civilization