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Russians mock their own Olympic ring glitch at closing ceremony; win over internet

Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 10:45pm IST | Agency: Reuters
Russian organisers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings failed to unfurl.
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Russian organisers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings failed to unfurl.

The technical hitch was an embarrassment for the hosts, although it was the only noticeable hiccup during an impressive spectacle to launch Russia's first Winter Games on Feb. 7.

At the closing ceremony, while dancers in shimmering silver tops formed four perfect rings, one group remained in a tight formation, and only opened to complete the symbol when viewers at a packed Fisht Stadium had cheered the joke loudly. 

 

 

Here are some interesting reactions on Twitter: 

Brilliant sense of humour from #sochi as they recreate the Olympic Rings malfunction in the closing ceremony

— Catherine Eastham (@cjeastham) February 23, 2014

Kudos to Russia for using the #ClosingCeremony to show a sense of humour about their Olympic rings gaffe http://t.co/aF6RXAfAUU #CBCOlympics

— Greg K. (@FactsAndLies) February 23, 2014

Don't say the Russians can't laugh at themselves http://t.co/qwEOkFGssX

— Dasha Penchilova (@penchilova) February 23, 2014

Making fun of their own #sochiproblems - Russia has officially won the Olympics http://t.co/czZmIWAcOk via @mashable

— kimberly barrett (@kimcbarrett) February 23, 2014

Russians make fun of themselves. Dancers create Olympic Rings but last one doesn't open -- at first. #cbc #sochi

— David Common (@davidcommon) February 23, 2014

Four rings or five at the closing ceremony in #Sochi? The director says, "I'm not going to tell you!" http://t.co/fRtsOaeDAW #Olympics

— G@ttoGiallo (@GattoGialloNews) February 23, 2014

at least Russia can laugh at itself #Sochi2014 http://t.co/3FPq7dQtEc

— Tommy Grevlos (@GrevInDev) February 23, 2014

 

#ClosingCeremony of Sochi mocks winter Olympics rings fail. #Sochi2014 #Sochi pic.twitter.com/AfQ51a8KWY

— :D (@LeDoctorWho) February 23, 2014

TÅ¡aikovski, fireworks, lights, ballet & circus and a hint of self irony with the olympic rings. Gotta admire the #Sochi closing ceremony!

— Ville Keski-Nikkola (@Korpisotur1) February 23, 2014




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