Bobbie O'Leary

Technical failure embarasses Sochi Olympic opening ceremony

THE Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are underway with the Opening Ceremony which showed Russia to the watching world.

The ceremony got off to a shaky start when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.

In what appeared to be a technical glitch, five giant snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi failed to unfurl into a circle, and the sequence had to be abandoned.

The show went on with no further interruptions, and cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who has spent more days in space than anyone, hoisted the Russian flag as performers dressed in glowing red, blue and white lights formed a living flag.

Athletes emerged from beneath the stage up a ramp for the traditional parade, and a giant satellite image of each nation taken from space was projected onto the floor.

Read more at ABC News online.

Medal Tally

 

1. Norway

10
4
7
2. United States
8
6
11
3. Germany
8
7
7
4. Russia
7
9
7
5. Canada
7
9
4
6. Netherlands
6
7
9
7. Switzerland
6
3
2
8. Belarus
5
0
1
9. France
4
4
7
10. Poland
4
0
0
22. Australia
0
2
1

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