You have to hand it to the Sochi Olympics — Russia clearly has a sense of humor!
On Sunday, during the estimated $80 million closing ceremony show, hundreds of dancers recreated the traditional Olympic rings, but with a funny twist.
In a reference to the much-mocked opening ceremony moment (where five giant snowflakes electronically blossomed into the rings, but the top right snowflake refused to play ball), the closing ceremony dancers recreated the Sochi rings – failed ring circle and all.
However, unlike the opening ceremony faux pas – which spawned an immediate burst of memes and T-shirts – the dancers did eventually fan out to form the ring.
Prior to the ceremony, Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush got a backstage tour from closing ceremony executive producer Scott Givens, who revealed the show had over 5,000 performers – 3,000 of whom were local children.
There were over 10,000 costumes made for the event, and 100 people assigned to doing hair and makeup on the performers.
-- Erin O’Sullivan