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Olympics: Sochi boss admits five-ring circus TV cover-up

Published on Feb 8, 2014 6:34 AM
 
Four of the five Olympic rings are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb 7, 2014 in Sochi. Russian television chief Konstantin Ernst admitted that TV pictures of the Olympic rings glitch at Friday's opening ceremony were doctored but that it was an open secret. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Russian television chief Konstantin Ernst admitted that TV pictures of the Olympic rings glitch at Friday's opening ceremony were doctored but that it was an open secret.

The ceremony, beamed to an estimated TV audience of two billion, got off to a rocky start when one of five illuminated snowflakes suspended above the Fisht stadium and that were supposed to morph into the five Olympic rings failed to materialise.

That left the embarrassing sight of four giants rings and one smaller snowflake dangling in a corrupted representation of the Olympic movement's defining symbol.

But Mr Ernst brushed off the incident and explained that organisers had already prepared for such an emergency after sweating for three weeks to get the image just right.

 
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