Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sochi 2014 : Russians make fun of rings malfunction at closing ceremony

Sochi makes fun of ring failure at closing ceremony
Performers form the Olympic rings, well, most of them, during the closing ceremony (Picture: Reuters)
Sochi 2014 organisers showed a welcome willingness to laugh at themselves in today’s closing ceremony by sending up the infamous Olympic rings malfunction which overshadowed the start of the Winter Games.
Russian officials have been forced to grin and bear it at times over the past two weeks as a series of gaffes – those non-opening rings at the opening ceremony, the two toilets in the same cubicle and the sign which strictly forbade fishing in the toilet bowl led to #sochiproblems becoming a trend on Twitter and threatened to make the most expensive Winter Olympics in history an overpriced laughing stock in the eyes of the western world.
Sochi makes fun of ring failure at closing ceremony
One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony (Picture: AP)
But the hosts hit back in fine style at this afternoon’s ceremony, with hundreds of dancers choreographed to form the Olympic rings – with the fifth and final ring failing to open as it had two weeks ago – only this time the malfunction was entirely planned.
The whole spectacle was played out to a soundtrack of Boney M. Oh, those Russians!
Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
Sunday’s closing ceremony combined humour and spectacle (Picture: Reuters)

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