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Flakeout! Russia pokes fun at itself, stops Olympic ring from opening

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Performers recreate the ring that did not open during the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) Performers recreate the ring that did not open during the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
SOCHI, Russia -

In a nod to the #SochiProblem heard 'round the world, Russia gave a knowing wink to the audience in the form of a very shy snowflake during the Closing Ceremony.

It was a reference to a glitch in the extravagant Opening Ceremony, when a display involving five snowflakes, which were meant to expand into five Olympic rings, failed to work correctly and only four opened. That stubborn snowflake prompted jokes across the Twitterverse and beyond, as well as more than one meme.

With that snafu in mind, organizers of the Closing Ceremony gave that fifth snowflake one final moment in the spotlight.

But not without a bit of humor first. The snowflake appeared to look as if it failed and then fixed itself, with the help of performers who opened it up to a complete and perfect ring.

And just like that, another meme was born.

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