This could well become the symbol of these Olympic Games. It was supposed to be a breathtaking moment. Snow was falling from the ceiling (it was an incredible effect) and the giant glowing snowflakes at the center of the stadium were to transforming into the five Olympic Rings. One of the snowflakes failed to open and suddenly it was breathtaking in an entirely different way, as if everyone realized at the same moment that something had gone wrong. It is already trending on Twitter. This isn’t the kind of display Russian organizers had in mind.
Remember when there was a technical glitch at Vancouver’s opening games and one of the three big legs of the torch didn’t come out of the ground right away? But then they made fun of themselves at the closing ceremony by making it happen again and doing a little sketch with a silly repairman?
The Russians are incapable of such self deprecation. Or silliness. Or repair, for that matter.