Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games

The Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games awed spectators with a sweeping tour of Russian culture and culture. Opera and ballet made their appearance, as did War and Peace, Russian cosmonauts and bouncing onion domes. The performance was packed with references that were visually navigated by a young girl Lubov (“Love” in Russian) in a floating dreamscape.

Publications carried many stories about the visual effect that did not work as expected. Early on in the program one snowflake meant to transform into the fifth Olympic ring didn’t open, and for Russian viewers the directors were able to replace the live feed with a taping of a successful sequence made days earlier. Ultimately, the directors were able to distract attention from the glitch with the scale and scope of the show. Click here for the story from The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns edition).

Olympic Apps: Are you having trouble keeping up with the Winter Games? Maybe these stories can help. Click here for Apps for the Olympics from The Sentinel-Record, and here for New tech for TV by the San Jose Mercury News.

Medal Standings: If you are interested in a breakdown of the medal standings as of today, you can find those here: Medal standings at the end of Day 5 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Click here for press clippings from the weekend.