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Sochi closing ceremony pokes fun at Olympic ring malfunction (PHOTOS)

Published time: February 23, 2014 23:28
Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski)

Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski)

Organizers of the Winter Olympics closing ceremony showed their light-hearted side on Sunday, poking fun at the ring opening failure that went viral after the opening ceremony.

At the beginning of the closing ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium, five groups of dancers formed the five Olympic rings. In an obvious reference to the highly publicized glitch that happened two weeks prior – when one of the rings failed to open at the Games' opening – one group of dancers purposefully did not complete the opening of the fifth ring right away.

Participants march by as one of the Olympic Rings fails to completely illuminate during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. (Reuters / Phil Noble)

The creative director of the Sochi Games, Konstantin Ernst, even made a t-shirt to commemorate the event, hinting that the mishap was the unofficial symbol of the Sochi Games. Just hours before the closing ceremony began, Ernst showed reporters his t-shirt with four Olympic rings and one snowflake (in reference to the snowflake that never expanded into a ring at the opening ceremony).

Ernst said at a press conference that it became apparent to organizers that a joke about the mechanical failure needed to be carried out at the closing ceremony.

“We had to laugh about it, we had a few hundreds of high-tech tricks that worked, but one of the five most easiest didn’t,” Ernst said. “I think that every Olympics should have an unofficial brand on top of the official one: now both Vancouver and Sochi have one.”

Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski)

Comments (28)

 

maximus zeebra 26.02.2014 10:25

It was quite appropriate that the 5th ring did not work. It represents North America. Nor does this ring work internationally or in the world.

US America is no longer part of the world or the global community, it is against the world.

 

Free_DrVojislavSeselj 25.02.2014 19:44

A country that can laugh at its own expense is a rich and mature society. The fact the games cost $50 billion only underlines this point.

The Western media of course were cretins for making a big deal of the so-called defect. For them it was a great opportunity to confirm familiary stereotypes of shoddy & inferior Russian workmanship, even while everything up to that point contradicted their boring propaganda. Observing the Russophobic networks of the Anglo 4 - (US-UK-CAN-OZ) there was a dogged determination to worship the toilet story, and talk about Twitter SochiFail remarkably like hyenas scavenging for entrails.

 

komment 25.02.2014 08:31

Brilliant games, congratulations to all those who brought us this wonderful spectacle.

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