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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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Walt February 10 2014 at 12:11 PM


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dickgowins February 10 2014 at 3:12 AM

So much for true sport being reported and left out of someone's political agenda. Let the athletes report the games and keep news people, political people and agendas out of the mix. All these added issues can be dealt with separately. We need some fresh innovative people covering the games especially those that know the sports, what true competition is and who can remain neutral on things outside of sport.

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Margaret Ryan February 10 2014 at 2:20 AM

That little glitch cannot take away the glamour of the Winter Olympics and so far the host has created a fantastic and monumentos backdrop for this exciting event, despite what negative feelings may abound for him out in the world.

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meiguosn February 10 2014 at 3:02 AM

I begin to think AOL and Huffington Post have a political agenda with over reporting this story. Jason Brown did an amazing job overall of figure skating, but he fell causing him to lose points. Will AOL and Huffington Post be picking away at Jason Brown for the rest of the Olympics because he fell? I doubt it. For whatever reason, it is clear to me that AOL and Huffington Post do not like Russia and are looking for any thing they can find to nit pick and tear away at the Olympics held in Russia. This is so juvenile that AOL and Huffington Post begin to be an embarrassment for the USA. The AOL head also made horrible comments about "having" to pay high insurance costs for two distressed babies. How sick. I am beginning to think that I may well cancel my AOL service.

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tlozaw February 10 2014 at 2:09 AM

This dumbass hub-bub over a "glitch" could have been avoided if the designers had just claimed the remaining snowflake was intended to designate the WINTER Olympics.

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mountainmania09 February 10 2014 at 2:00 AM

Is this really still in the news....

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cenvalref February 10 2014 at 1:20 AM

Looks like the guy sitting in the chair behind missed it too.. haha

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msisis62 February 10 2014 at 1:09 AM

If that's the biggest thing to happen, then I think they did a great job. good grief. Everyone has to find SOMETHING to complain about.

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Rob February 10 2014 at 12:50 AM

It was a minor glitch. Not like the Obamacare Health website. Now that was a BIG glitch. In the grand scheme of things this was not even a mole hill.

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Michael Corn February 10 2014 at 1:20 AM

What does the ACA have to do with Sochi? The party of NO shuts down the federal government and keeps spending for their corporate sponsors and getting us into wars for non-existant WMDs?

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mark and sheri February 10 2014 at 12:34 AM

Well, now that EVERYONE pointed out the glitch to Putin, rubbed his face in it, expect some new residents in Siberia.

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Dear MoonWolf February 10 2014 at 12:24 AM

If ever a guy PROTESTETH TOO MUCH, it's Puti Poot!
What a quintessential HIMBO.

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