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Sochi 2014 opening ceremony missing an Olympic ring

Neate Sager
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One of the Olympic rings failed to illuminate fully during the Opening Ceremony (Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

Four out of five is good when dentists are recommending a sugar-free gum, but not during an Olympic opening ceremony.

No doubt the competitors marching into Fisht Stadium could not care less about a mishap during the athletes' parade on Friday. What was supposed to happen was that an arrangement of lights were supposed to morph from five snowflakes into the ubiquitous Olympic rings. Except that did not quite happen, evoking memories of the 2010 opening ceremony when the hydraulics that were supposed to lift a cauldron from the stadium floor malfunctioned.

[Photos: Best of the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremonies]

So Russia's operating at 80 per cent (4-for-5) to Canada's 75 per cent (3-for-4).


— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) February 7, 2014

The official Sochi 2014 Twitter account carried on like nothing was amiss, because this is the Olympics and nothing can possib-lie ever go wrong. In fact, that typo I put in intentionally is the first thing that's gone wrong.

Funny postscript about the cauldron in Vancouver. A year after those Games, the cauldron was reignited to support the Vancouver Canucks during their 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs run. Lighting a torch to support a Vancouver hockey team? In hindsight, talk about foreshadowing.

Now, given the casual attitude about operating the Olympics, can we get #GoodEnough4Sochi trending?

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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