Sochi Opening Ceremony glitch: only four of five rings light up

Jay Busbee
February 7, 2014
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Ring glitch.

The Sochi Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games began so spectacularly, with a young child being lifted into the air amid nine gargantuan floating ships. But it didn't take long for something to go wrong.

As a fog-wreathed chorus dressed in traditional Russian costumes sang, five snowflakes rose gracefully above the stadium floor:

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Lovely, yes? And you could see what was coming next. Slowly but surely, the snowflakes began to transform:

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 Well, almost all of them did. And then we had a nearly-complete set of Olympic rings:

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Well, it was close, albeit with a built-in asterisk. The Sochi Olympics: 80 percent ready to roll.

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