In the closing ceremonies for the Sochi Olympics Sunday, Russia gave itself a little poke, making fun of an embarrassing lighting glitch that occurred during the opening ceremonies a couple weeks earlier.
Russian event organizers showed they could laugh at themselves when they orchestrated dancers in silver costumes form four rings while one group remained a closed clump. The dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making the Olympics’ five-ring logo and drawing laughs from the crowd.
“I thought it was great. It was good to see Russians laugh at themselves. It was very funny,” an Olympic spectator told the Associated Press.
During the opening ceremonies for the 22nd Winter Games on Feb. 7, a snowflake configuration that was supposed to open into the five rings of the Olympic logo failed to work properly. One of the illuminated snowflakes didn’t expand.
After the gaffe, Russian television didn’t air the live version but footage from a previous dress rehearsal that showed all five rings forming perfectly and erupting into fireworks.
Watch the AP’s recap of the closing ceremonies:
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach declared the games an “extraordinary success.” The Sochi Olympics cost $51 billion, topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.