The Sochi Olympics that was held in 2014 was a mess, and that buffoonery is currently being mocked by the official Olympics website of the International Olympic Committee.
For all of the doors that would not open, failed plumbing, bizarre toilets, and incomplete construction projects, the mess that happened in Sochi was best symbolised by the malfunctioning of the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. The huge moment of the opening ceremony was supposed to show five snowflakes opening to form the rings. However, one of the snowflakes remained closed.
The IOC is now mocking the failure on their official Olympics website.
An Olympics.org “404” error page simply says, “404 – PAGE NOT FOUND” with a picture that shows the malfunctioning rings in the background.
It is not clear how long the error page has been referenced the Sochi Olympics. However, it is not the only shot that the IOC has taken recently at Russia.
At the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2018, where Russia was officially prohibited to participate for widespread doping, Thomas Bach, the President of the IOC, took a thinly veiled shot at the nation.
“You can only really enjoy your Olympic performance if you respect the rules, and stay clean,” stated Bach. “Only then will your life-long memories be the memories of a true and worthy Olympian.”
In the defence of Russia, they did have a sense of humour regarding their own malfunction at the end of the Sochi games. At first, Russia edited a video of the opening ceremony to make it look as if the rings did work properly. However, during the closing ceremony, they brought the rings full circle.
The dancers formed the rings during the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. However, before completely forming the rings, a group of dancers remained “closed.”