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Winter Olympics come to an end

PUTIN’S PARTY:Although somewhat clouded by the political violence in Ukraine, this year’s Winter Olympics nevertheless presented a new face of a resurgent Russia

AP, SOCHI, Russia

In a charming touch, Sochi organizers poked fun at themselves. In the center of the stadium, dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump. That was a wink to a globally noticed technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks.

This time, it worked: As Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd.

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