Skooter reports 02/08/14
The extravagant opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi encountered a technical hitch on the last of the five rings making up the Olympic symbol failed to open. Giant snowflakes five of them dramatically dropped into the stadium and were then destined to open up to form the rings.
On some TV feeds, the fifth snowflake did appear to open, setting off questions as to whether the footage was edited. The ceremony's producer Konstantin Ernst dismissed the malfunction.
He said: "It would be ridiculous to focus on this ring that never opened, it would be simply silly."
Several seconds in advance, producers had already known that the ring would not crop up and they were able to warn the Russian channel, which broadcast some pre-shot footage instead. Mr Ernst said, let us not make a sensation out of that.
The missing ring caused delight on social media, with tweeters teasing that it was scared to come out due to Russia's viewpoint on gay rights.
The Sochi Games is the most expensive Olympics in history, costing around $50bn (£30bn).