But, at today's closing ceremony, Russia attempted to prove that isn't above making fun of itself. As dancers formed themselves into the Olympic rings, one cluster stayed shut — a nod to the opening screw-up. At the end, however, it unfurled and triumphantly joined the rest of the rings. Aww.
That might've left things on a high note, but Russia — motherland of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Solzhenitsyn — went out on a sad one. As the three Sochi mascots gathered at the end of the ceremony, the giant animatronic Sochi Bear shed a single tear as he blew out the Olympic flame. Aww. (Gawker)