Sochi Closing Ceremony: Dancers' Joke About Olympic Rings Failure

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The piste has been bumpy, to say the least, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but Russia has blazed past the finish line.

The 2014 Winter Games capped off the most expensive Olympic Games ever and 98 events over more than two weeks of competition, with the closing ceremony at Fisht Stadium in the Olympic Park on Sunday.

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Sochi 2014 creative director Konstantin Ernst showed he could joke about the lighting misfire during a press conference before the closing ceremony by sporting a T-shirt with the four Olympic rings and a snowflake.

During the closing ceremony, dancers who made the shape of the Olympic rings kept the fifth ring scrunched as part of their routine.

“The Closing Ceremony is always different from the Opening Ceremony,” Ernst told reporters. “In our case we decided to turn the Opening Ceremony into a kind of blockbuster, whereas the Closing Ceremony will be more down the art-house avenue.”

On Twitter, social media users enjoyed the joke.

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The Olympic mascot bear just blew out the flame and then shed a tear. Wow.

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Those giant Olympic mascots are back on the stage at the closing ceremony.

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Bach has declared the 2014 Winter Olympic Games closed.

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"There were the athletes' games. We arrived with great respect for the rich and varied history of Russia. We leave as friends of the Russian people." - Bach

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IOC president Thomas Bach says the "new Russia" is "patriotic and open to the world."

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Thomas Bach: "Tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised."

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Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko: "For us, there games are the best Games ever."

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