(Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
Sochi has been fraught with problems in the days leading up to the Olympics, but no one issue has been quite so telling of Russia’s hosting struggles as a malfunction at its opening ceremony that led to an incomplete set of Olympic rings going up on display. While the ceremony was supposed to feature all five rings growing from small snowflakes into the Olympic logo’s five intersecting circles, the top-right ring failed to expand alongside the others, leaving four circles beside what looked almost like an asterisk.
GIF by Gawker.
While that may be a glaring mistake in the ceremony, the full show was apparently quite impressive. “The ambition … is to create the biggest show ever,” George Tsypin, the opening ceremony’s production designer, tells NBC’s Today. Tsypin previously worked on big Broadway musicals, including the ill-fated Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, which suffered myriad problems and delays during production, and recently folded with projected losses of $60 million.
Still, Tsypin planned to shake off that failure by turning his Broadway skill set to the international stage of the 2014 Winter Olympics: his goal for the opening ceremony was reportedly to showcase a millennium of Russian history through traditional music and dance. Though much of the world has already seen how the full production turned out, US audiences will have to wait until tonight — due to NBC’s tape delay, it won’t be airing until 7:30PM ET.
Correction: an earlier version of this article stated that the fifth ring was later opened, however it’s unclear if this occurred.
read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/7/5390152/olympic-ring-malfunction-sochi-opening-ceremony