Sochi Olympics End With a Little Joke

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Just when we were starting to think that the Sochi Olympics would never end, they did. Vladimir Putin and the gang bid farewell to their many international guests on Sunday with a closing ceremony that picked up where the opening ceremony left off a mere sixteen days ago. And, somewhat surprisingly, given Putin's infamous self-seriousness, there was a little joke about how one Olympic ring failed to open during the first Sochi spectacle.

As you can see, some costumed performers re-created the historic embarrassment:

Performers recreate the fifth Olympic ring that didn't open in the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip ) Photo: David J. Phillip

Of course, they managed to fix the issue this time around:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Performers make the shape of the Olympic Rings during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Photo: Matthew Stockman/2014 Getty Images

(Un)fortunately, the ceremony did not include any other funny acknowledgements of the many #sochiproblems that occurred over the last couple weeks, such as the stray dogs, the non-functioning toilets, the broken doors, or Bob Costas's horrible eye infection, not to mention the detention of gay rights activists, the whipping of Pussy Riot, and that racist Russian figure skater. So, what did they have?

Fireworks, obviously:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Fireworks explode over Olympic Park during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Photo: Al Bello/2014 Getty Images

Creepy giant animals:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Olympic mascots the Hare, the Polar Bear and the Leopard perform during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Photo: Quinn Rooney/2014 Getty Images

Ballerinas:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Photo: Paul Gilham/2014 Getty Images

Acrobats:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: A circus performer dance during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Photo: Paul Gilham/2014 Getty Images

Chandeliers:

Floating ships:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Singers perform during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Photo: Quinn Rooney/2014 Getty Images

Russian history and literature! 

Whatever this is:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers perform during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2014 Getty Images

And lots and lots of athletes:

That's all folks! See you in Pyeongchang in 2018, assuming the world still exists by then.