Friday’s Olympic opening ceremonies marked the official start to Putin’s Olympic Games. The decidedly gay display of fireworks and dancing wowed the crowd, highlighting Russia’s history, geography and athletic and artistic achievement. But it wouldn’t be a Russian tribute without a few glitches and a dancing bear.
At the start of the Olympic opening ceremonies, five large snowflakes were supposed to transform into the five Olympic rings – but only four of them made it. The five rings were supposed to join together and erupt in pyrotechnics to get the party started but a technical glitch left the fifth Olympic ring in the dark. Instead, they were eventually darkened and moved out of the arena, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin was introduced. You know someone’s going to get shot for that later…
But the show went on; Russian police sang Daft Punk, a pop band belted out Queen in Russian, a giant bear greeted everyone, the Germans paraded around in their matching rainbow outfits – you know, typical hetero stuff.
As for the actual Olympic Games, everything is going great (for the Netherlands…) The Dutch are leading the pack with 3 gold medals, followed closely by Canada and Norway. Russia is a few behind in 6th place, so Putin will need to dole out a few more angry glares to motivate Russia’s athletes.
Jamaica, however, is off to a rough start. In addition to a lack of medals, the Jamaican bobsled team lost their luggage on the way to Sochi. The two man team missed their first training session on the Sochi Olympic track after some of their gear was lost en-route to Russia.
“It’s really frustrating,” said Winston Watts, the bobsled driver, who has competed at three Games.
“The sled is here, but our blades that go on the sled aren’t and neither is the clothing that we wear when we slide,” he added.
Yeah well, next time think twice about flying Delta. Seriously.
Via: Sochi 2014