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
— 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
— kimberly barrett (@kimcbarrett) February 23, 2014
— David Common (@davidcommon) February 23, 2014
— G@ttoGiallo (@GattoGialloNews) February 23, 2014
— Tommy Grevlos (@GrevInDev) February 23, 2014
— :D (@LeDoctorWho) February 23, 2014
Tšaikovski, 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