Sochi Olympics: Stray Dog, Ring Fail Bring Awkward to the Opening Ceremony (Photos)

Sochi Olympics: Stray Dog, Ring Fail Bring Awkward to the Opening Ceremony (Photos)

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To top off all of the bad press surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, the organizers couldn't even get the Olympic games signature symbol right

The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday, but not without a fair share of awkward moments, including a major lighting malfunction, a fallen athlete, and at least one stray dog that evaded the pre-games sweep to eradicate them.

Before this year's competitors strutted through packed stadium in alphabetical order of the country they're representing, the Olympic rings descended from above — first as snowflakes — before each flake began to unfold into one of the games’ signature symbols. The impressive lighting display hit a snag, however, when one ring failed to complete its metamorphosis — a technical error that made the display a little cockeyed.

 

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Sochi isn't just hosting the Olympics, either. The Russian city is home to thousands of stray dogs, and despite authorities reportedly trying to kill them, one made it through security to watch the show.


While waving to the crowd, a member of Austria's delegation took a tumble, even though it's not entirely clear what was in his path that tripped him. (According to reports, nothing.)

 

Another Lady Gaga impersonator leads competitors from the island of misfit athletes who owe allegiance to no one.

 

Giant cartoon-like animals threatened the audience with questionable cuteness.

Germany is denying that their athletes’ rainbow bright outfits are making a statement about Russia's anti-gay laws. So they either wanted to look ridiculous for the hell of it, or are part the growing movement to introduce tie-dye to the 21st century.

 

  • Jim

    The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday, but not without a fair share of awkward moments, including a major lighting malfunction, a fallen athlete, and at least one stray dog that evaded the pre-games sweep to eradicate them.

    Hey, that's okay! Someone try to hijack a plane to Sochi, with a bomb, and failed.

  • dmombomb

    1 ring to rule them all!!!!!!!!!

  • Gablamo

    If the only things you took away from this ceremony was the technical malfunction and a photo of a dog, I truly pity you. This ceremony was amazing, especially Tolstoys War and Peace sketch. I understand the American media has an agenda to follow, but this article was honestly beyond ridiculous. I'm impressed you're employed, Greg.

  • MoncadaSpain

    I really liked the Olympic opening ceremony and its ridiculuous you are making such a big deal about stupid insignificant events such as this.. the ceremony was flawless and beautiful, read some more go to the library and learn about russian literature or ballet. Remember the States had their share of opening ceremonies mishaps and lets not start with hosting one of the crappiest olympics in history “Atlanta 96”

  • goodvibe61

    Hey Greg Gilman: you're a complete moron. So: you're take aways from these opening cermonies are a technical malfunction happened, an athlete fell down while walking into the stadium, and a stray dog made its way into the stadium.

    You're a fool. How about opening your eyes nitwit?

  • Joanne Libersky

    I noticed one little snarky remark by a US commentator during the broadcast of the opening ceremonies. As one of the last women to carry the torch was shown, he felt it was necessary to say it was generally understood that she was in a relationship with A. Putin. Was that necessary?

  • Rex Remes

    Which event is Miley Cyrus in?