Oops: 5th Olympic Ring Flops in Sochi Ceremony

Not that TV viewers in Russia would know

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2014 4:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Poor Sochi. Today's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games had the usual pomp and circumstance—along with one high-profile glitch. During the ceremony, five floating snowflakes were supposed to come together, turn into Olympic rings, and then explode into dazzling pyrotechnics, reports Fox News. Trouble is, one of the snowflakes never turned into a ring, and none burst into fireworks. This being Russia, the people watching on official Russian broadcaster Rossya 1 were none the wiser, reports AP. The network shifted to footage from rehearsal showing the rings in all their glory.

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony in Sochi.
One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony in Sochi.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony.
Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Russian President Vladimir Putin waits in the presidential lounge to be introduced at the opening ceremony.
Russian President Vladimir Putin waits in the presidential lounge to be introduced at the opening ceremony.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony.
The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Members of the Chinese team cheer during the opening ceremony.
Members of the Chinese team cheer during the opening ceremony.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Fireworks explode behind the Olympic torch after it was lit at end of the opening ceremony.
Fireworks explode behind the Olympic torch after it was lit at end of the opening ceremony.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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