Russians laugh at their own Olympic ring hitch

23 February 2014

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian organisers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings failed to unfurl.

The technical hitch was an embarrassment for the hosts, although it was the only noticeable hiccup during an impressive spectacle to launch Russia's first Winter Games on February 7.

At the closing ceremony, while dancers in shimmering silver tops formed four perfect rings, one group remained in a tight formation, and only opened to complete the symbol when viewers at a packed Fisht Stadium had cheered the joke loudly.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Ossian Shine)

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes