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The Sochi Olympic Ring Fail: VIDEO


During the Sochi Winter Games opening ceremonies, there was a malfunction with one of the rings. Oops.

Watch (while it lasts), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The one that didn't open must have been a gay one ... not welcome at Sochi!

    Someone will be going to a gulag for that!

    Posted by: John | Feb 7, 2014 2:13:10 PM

  2. Already gone.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 7, 2014 2:15:51 PM

  3. Someone will get the death penalty for messing that up !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 7, 2014 2:16:05 PM

  4. For the sake of the athletes that have worked hard to get there I hope the events themselves go relatively smoothly. But anything else that can possibly diminish the success of the games and embarrass Putin I'm all for.

    Yes, I'm a terrible person.

    Posted by: e.c. | Feb 7, 2014 2:18:10 PM

  5. Hey, four out of five is not bad. Good Russian odds.

    Posted by: Rad | Feb 7, 2014 2:18:37 PM

  6. a symbol of what is to come?

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Feb 7, 2014 2:19:16 PM

  7. There was one at Vancouver too with cauldron.

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 7, 2014 2:20:49 PM

  8. What does it have to do with gay people? Out of all the things that happened during the ceremony, you decided to post this? Are you going to jump with joy every time something bad happens in Russia? It's not just you, of course. Other sites seem to agree that a minor, split-second mishap is headline-worthy. Honestly, the tone of coverage is beginning to resemble the way American homophobes were (and still are) talking about AIDS and other problems of the gay community.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 7, 2014 2:22:38 PM

  9. Nothing to do with thisbut...Russian anthem is beautiful

    Posted by: Mayte | Feb 7, 2014 2:26:07 PM

  10. Look at Eugene, pitying the poor homophobic Russian government. They are the true victims here. We must stand silently and respectfully while they beat us.

    Posted by: Sergio | Feb 7, 2014 2:26:36 PM

  11. These Olympic Games were already a disaster before the first athlete even arrived in Sochi.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 7, 2014 2:31:30 PM

  12. @Sergio
    There's more to the Russian government than the anti-gay laws. And there's more to Russia than the government. I certainly deplore the anti-gay laws and the homophobia in general, but people are covering the whole country with a blanket of hate - and it's wrong. Gay Russians are Russians too.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 7, 2014 2:36:58 PM

  13. This is what Spanish tv showed before the ceremony

    But we should remember that Russia is not the first country hosting the Olimpics. All in all I think it was a beautiful gala

    Posted by: Mayte | Feb 7, 2014 2:42:09 PM

  14. Other than it was a spectacle. The dances were excellent, the way they danced about tsars' era and building up the communism. Very well done.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 7, 2014 2:43:17 PM

  15. Maybe it was just winking at us? :)

    Posted by: JDinTO | Feb 7, 2014 2:45:01 PM

  16. @ Eugene "There's more to the Russian government than the anti-gay laws." - No, there isn't. Anti-gay government (head), anti-gay Church (heart), and anti-gay population (hands). Russia's culture is all about oppressing and abusing gays; they'll happily tell you themselves! 'It's OUR CULTURE, leave us alone' when we point out the baiting+stalking+kidnapping+humiliating+torturing+mutilating+murdering+police laughing and letting it happen etc.

    Polling, interviews, video footage shows, this is russia's legacy for the world...

    Don't get so defensive when we give credit where it is due...

    Posted by: ExcuseMe | Feb 7, 2014 3:00:19 PM

  17. If you are a Twitter user, follow the tag #Sochifails.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 7, 2014 3:01:27 PM

  18. The IOC has been filing false takedown requests with YouTube accounts that have hosted this video.

    This video is legitimate news reporting, and MAY NOT be taken down for reasons of copyright.

    In any case, nothing is ever really gone from the internet.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 7, 2014 3:17:57 PM

  19. @Eugene: "Honestly, the tone of coverage is beginning to resemble the way American homophobes were (and still are) talking about AIDS and other problems of the gay community."

    You're equating contempt that is well-earned with that which is not earned. Just because some contempt is unfair, doesn't mean all contempt is unfair. It's also pretty offensive that you'd equate the kind of mild ridicule that causes embarrassment with the vicious hatred that intentionally destroys lives.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 7, 2014 3:28:33 PM

  20. @ Dumb n' Hung - Totally. Some (including me) call this foreshadowing.

    Posted by: PoisonControl | Feb 7, 2014 3:29:36 PM

  21. @ JJ Wow that was a great insight. Thank you for sharing it. So true.

    Posted by: ExcuseMe | Feb 7, 2014 3:38:57 PM

  22. It's like Russian Roulette!

    Posted by: anon | Feb 7, 2014 3:39:11 PM

  23. a symbol of what is to come?

    POSTED BY: DUMBNHUNG | FEB 7, 2014 2:19:16 PM

    I believe it's a symbol of a butt hole.

    Posted by: james st. james | Feb 7, 2014 3:42:25 PM

  24. @ExcuseMe
    Your post neatly demonstrates what I was talking about. You take genuinely bad things and blow them out of proportion. Yes, the laws are anti-gay - but only as anti-gay as in at least 8 US states (or in the UK 15 years ago). More importantly, not everything the government does is anti-gay. For example, the Olympic games certainly aren't an expression of homophobia.

    The church is anti-gay - but only as anti-gay as other major churches. Why aren't you arguing that Christianity is all about homophobia?

    And, yes, the population is anti-gay - but not all people are. A few people get violent - like in other countries, and quite a few are simply homophobic and don't want gays to "flaunt it". Quite a few people still feel this way in the West, and many more felt only a decade or two ago.

    When gay people were saying "That's who I am as a person", the bigots were interpreting it as "That's everything I am as a person" (i.e. gays can't think about anything else but their gayness). You hear some Russians saying "It's our culture" and interpret it as "That's all our culture is". Quite telling.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 7, 2014 3:47:33 PM

  25. @JJ
    I was drawing parallels, not equating one thing with another. I also think I can reuse your phrasing to get the point across. Just because some contempt is fair, doesn't mean all contempt is fair. Russia's anti-gay laws certainly deserve contempt. But it doesn't mean that everything about Russia deserves contempt. Some Russians are violent anti-gay monsters. But it doesn't mean that you can paint all Russians with a broad brush.

    Posted by: Eugene | Feb 7, 2014 4:07:08 PM

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