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Putin probably missed Olympics rings glitch


SOCHI, Russia (AP) - It was the biggest glitch of the Olympics opening ceremony, and odds are Russia's president missed it.

Photos taken by The Associated Press show that Vladimir Putin, about to emerge into the Olympic stadium, was facing away from a monitor that showed the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games while it unfolded. He almost certainly didn't see footage of a glitch that prevented the fifth Olympic ring from lighting up.

Instead, Putin saw spliced-in rehearsal footage showing all five Olympic rings lighting up properly - imagery similar to, if not the same as, that seen by the rest of the Russian public on television.

The photos were taken Friday night by the AP's David Goldman, who was acting as the pool photographer for international news agencies and working in the presidential lounge where leaders had gathered in the runup to the ceremony.

In a sequence of photos shot by Goldman over several seconds, Putin, waiting to be introduced at the ceremony, is seen turned away from the only two monitors in the lounge and facing a wall of blacked-out windows and a single open door facing the stadium. He is looking down. Behind him and to the left, a big-screen TV shows four of five rings lighting up before it cuts briefly to black, then to a shot of performers.

After a few seconds, an image of all five rings illuminating properly then appears on the TV screen. Putin turns toward the monitor, faces it and looks up, seeing the footage of all five rings.

Moments later, he leaves the suite to face the crowd at Fisht Olympic Stadium.

The rings glitch was shown live on internal Olympic channels when it happened, but the Russian public instead saw spliced footage from one of two rehearsals, held Feb. 1 and 4. In that spliced footage, the Olympic rings lighted up just as planned during a moment that is always pivotal in opening ceremonies.

The image of the unilluminated ring drew scrutiny around the world and produced pointed comments on social media, where many had been questioning whether Russia was truly prepared to host the Olympic Games.

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Get real. February 09 2014 at 1:55 PM

How in ANY way does this qualify as news? Is the US media is so desperate to find something - ANYTHING - negative to say about Russia that they think this is some kind of worthwhile story to pursue? Talk about ridiculous.

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wildhunt Get real. February 09 2014 at 2:01 PM

wow, it means the start of the cold war all over again.... all is lost thanks to that one ring....

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Lesley February 09 2014 at 12:15 PM

Compared to what is going on in the world today, doctoring the rings is the least of our issues. Lets just enjoy the Olympics, I am tired of the news-broadcasters being so negative about the host country. Last night one news broadcaster was spouting with glee how Russia as the host country did not win a medal on the first day of the olympics opening...I am beginning to wonder if the news broadcasters are actually 90% of the worlds problems in how we all see each other and interact. In the meantime let's get back to the sports...GO TEAM USA!

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usajock9 February 09 2014 at 1:56 PM

The American media is desperate to blacken the Russian's skill in putting on a spectacular ceremony. The small glitch with the rings is nothing. The opening ceremonies were amazing! This country has beautiful music and the arts. I appreciate every moment of the coverage and love seeing the Russian ice skaters especially! They are tremendously skilled and far superior then the other countries.

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Richard February 09 2014 at 12:12 PM

Again, news reporting at ist worst. The news media dwells so much on the insignificant it makes me want to puke. They just don't get it. So the fifth Olympic ring did not light up. BIG DEAL. Lets all go in the corner and cry over it. The important issues are the athletes and the cpmpetition among the paricipating countries. That is the news we want to hear and see.

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lneff34689 February 09 2014 at 12:11 PM

Putin looks like such a happy guy. Does he ever smile? And, who really cares....it's about the athletes, not Putin.

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bbnpl4545 February 09 2014 at 1:57 PM

The 3 rings remind me of our Media. A 3 ring circus.

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heylistenup1955 February 09 2014 at 12:10 PM

s anyody really care?? I watched the opening ceremonies, saw the glitch, and guess what? I couldn't have cared less. The Russians did a great job on 99.999% of the ceremony and for the media to still be focusing on this minor point just shows how messed up they are when it comes to what is important and what is not.
And as far as Putin not seeing it -- if you look at the sequence, he could have turned is head just a fraction and seen it. Or even when he left the lounge and went into the stadium. Either way -- so what?!
Hey media: Why not report that the US debt is now at approx. $140,000 per household and growing. And what are we going to do about it???

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tdiplaci heylistenup1955 February 09 2014 at 12:30 PM

As far as our out of control debt, it is the fault of the American People. THEY vote the loser legislators back into office year after year and it is no wonder the legislators do what is best for themselves and screw the people. Have a recall vote for all of them and put new people in and warn them that they will suffer the same fate if the do not do OUR work. On the rings, only those that are so perfect that they could design something that is guaranteed not to have a glitch should be allowed to criticize. Being there is no such creature, way too much is being made of it.

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JetfireJK tdiplaci February 09 2014 at 12:41 PM

There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently… and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties. Gore Vidal

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rebelrick9 February 09 2014 at 12:09 PM

Did it really make a difference? Why so much publicity on a technical safoo? It happens all the time all over the world, it is electrical, things happen. Please move on, President Putin, I am sure, is well aware of what happened as is the rest of the world.

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josbdn February 09 2014 at 12:08 PM

There is a lot of work involved with the olympics a little glinch is nothing, let's not make a big deal out of it, my hat goes off the Russians for a job well done.

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karaokecdgs josbdn February 09 2014 at 12:12 PM

yep, no pillows for the athletes, bugs in the hotel rooms, horrible conditions .
Job well done ? I guess if you believe in central planning government , wake up !
This is what liberals do, screw up everything because they feel government can do it better.
LOL I rememeber a couple of years ago argentina ran out of toilet papper for the people - central planning at its best.
RUSSIANS ARE COMMUNIST DESPITE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THEIR SO CALLED FREEDOMS

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JetfireJK karaokecdgs February 09 2014 at 12:46 PM

Did you write Jimmy Buffet's song, "I heard I was in Town?" Sure sounds like it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrLQJ6bVJ2g

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unipartner February 09 2014 at 1:59 PM

Give it a rest. There was a substantial power outage last year during the Super Bowl. Nobody questioned whether the U.S. was the right place to hold the next one. Mistakes happen; the don't need to be blown out of proportion. How about celebrating the joy of the games and the pinnacle accomplishment of the athletes?

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