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Olympic Opening Ceremony

An Early Glitch

Our first hiccup at the opening ceremony.

In a dramatic moment during a segment highlighting the vast size of Russia, five snowflakes were to expand into the five Olympic rings. Only four worked.

It could be worse: Four years ago in Vancouver, an entire leg of the Olympic cauldron malfunctioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his first appearance, standing next to Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee.

Image: Performers sing as the Olympic rings are presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium
Performers sing as the Olympic rings are presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7 in Sochi. YURI KADOBNOV / AFP - Getty Images