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Sochi Olympics: Olympic ring fails to open at opening ceremony

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Published on Feb 8, 2014

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A technical hitch during the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi meant that the last of the five rings making up the Olympic symbol failed to open. Russian television broadcasted a pre-taped version of the Games' symbol from rehearsals, which millions of people in Russia saw. The apparent failure meant the ring could not be illuminated by fireworks as had happened during rehearsals. Five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the Fisht Stadium on the shores of the Black Sea in Sochi were supposed to open into circles and then light up with pyrotechnics. Only four opened, and that particular feature, near the very start of the 2-1/2-hour opening ceremony, was abandoned. Ceremony producer Konstantin Ernst was philosophical about the mishap. "Among five rings, one of them didn't open. And you know, Zen Buddhists have an idea: if you have an ideally polished ball, you have to leave a scratch, to get an idea of how ideally it was polished," he said. Report by Andrea Lilly.

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