Sochi Olympics 2014: Olympics Ring Fails to Deploy in Opening Ceremony
Friday, 7 February 2014
Worries about the quality of Russia’s Sochi winter Olympics seemed to be well founded as one of the giant Olympic rings light displays failed to deploy during the Friday opening ceremony.
Five enormous snowflakes dropped from the ceiling over a choir in traditional Russian garb. Four out of five of the huge snowflakes opened up into the Olympic rings, but the fifth one failed to deploy. This forced the planners to abandon the feature.
The technical failure was mocked relentlessly on Twitter.
Looks like $51 billion only gets you 4 out of 5 Olympic Rings! #FAIL . Good luck to all taking part #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/lxiDg2CDTF
Keeping with its short-lived tradition, Sochi’s opening ceremony was unable to go off without a glitch. Still a grand affair the ceremony was a surreal trip through Russia’s rich history and the fireworks from outside the ceremony were phenomenal.