Sochi Olympic success

Sochi 2014 Dancing Olympic RingsHeh. Some wonderfully humorous choreography in evidence at the Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics closing ceremony.  It made me laugh out loud.  They wouldn’t have had long to arrange it… [Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA]

As the Guardian live-blog adds,

For anyone who slept through the opening ceremony, here’s a reminder of the failed snowflake-ring, and its tongue-in-cheek recreation this evening.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Rings opening

Performers sing as the Olympic rings are presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Rings Closing

Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Here’s the opening ceremony technical failure again

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Rings opening

And the closing ceremony’s resolution of the opening ceremony error in animated [gif] form.

Via the Big G’s live-blog, who add

Whoever came up with that Olympic ring ruse deserves a medal of their own, basically.

Indeed.  [And you thought London 2012 was a success… – Ed]  It was!  But so was this.

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  • GoldSilverWolf

    People are so quick to hate on Sochi and Russia, especially after the ring malfunction at the opening ceremonies, they forget the same thing happened 4 years ago here in Vancouver. One of the pillars of the Olympic cauldron malfunctioned and didn’t rise. At the closing ceremonies, they had a mime to “lift” it. So maybe Sochi was just taking that cue from Vancouver?

  • Pete Baker


    Well, as I think I mentioned, I thought Sochi was a success.

    Made more so by the deliberate physical referencing in the closing ceremony of the earlier mechanical problem.

    They also did it [the referencing] better than Vancouver.

  • sherdy

    Wasn’t that little problem the greatest bit of free publicity they could ever have had. Wonder was it deliberate.
    And, let’s face it, nobody died because of it – I think.

  • Pete Baker


    Evidence of a post-malfunction Russian sense of humour or a Conspiracy?

    Perhaps telling which side of that argument you decide to choose to promote.

  • GEF

    I lost all interest in winter olympics after Eddie the Eagle came last in the 1988 winter olympics.

  • cynic2

    Was that ring programmed by the Ukrainians?

  • sherdy

    Pete, – I don’t know which side of the argument is the correct one, therefore I risk splinters in my ass by sitting on the fence.

  • cynic2

    BTW has anyone seen the person responsible for the rings since the opening fiasco?

    And the Russians are great people. A bit unsophisticated for jaded Western Europeans but hey so are we. They just have a fascist dictatorship and kelptocracy in power

  • Pete Baker


    Try this then, from an Associated Press report 7 Feb

    The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off.

    But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster.

    As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away to rehearsal footage. All five rings came together, and the fireworks exploded on cue.

    “It didn’t show on television, thank God,” Jean Claude-Killy, the French ski great who heads the IOC coordination commission for the Sochi Games, told The Associated Press.

    Producers confirmed the switch, saying it was important to preserve the imagery of the Olympic symbols.

    The unveiling of the rings is always one of the most iconic moments of an opening ceremony, and President Vladimir Putin has been determined to use the ceremony as an introduction of the new Russia to the world.

    Konstantin Ernst, executive creative director of the opening ceremony, told reporters at a news conference that he called down to master control to tell them to go the practice footage when he realized what happened.

    “This is an open secret,” he said, referring to the use of the pre-recorded footage. The show’s artistic director George Tsypin said the malfunction was caused by a bad command from a stage manager.

    Ernst defended his decision, saying that the most important part was preserving the images and the Olympic tradition: “This is certainly bad, but it does not humiliate us.”

    Although I realise that tin-foil hat wearers will be immune to logic…

  • Son of Strongbow

    Sochi was indeed impressive. Even members of the public were whipped-up by the spectacle.

  • I haven’t seen my wife since Saturday night, Cynic. Should I be concerned that someone has taken her away and shot her?

  • I can’t believe Russia can arrange Olympics and prepare to war in the same time.