Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'

02/23/2014 at 12:10 PM EST

Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'
Performers recreate the ring that did not open during the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics
David J. Phillip/AP
Russia actually has a pretty good sense of humor about that whole "ring fail" thing in the Sochi opening ceremony, referencing the now-famous incident during the closing ceremony.

Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'| Winter Olympics 2014

Performers dance during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics

Darron Cummings / AP

The closing ceremony began with an elaborately choreographed routine involving a group of sparkily-attired dancers creating various shapes en masse on the floor of Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'| Winter Olympics 2014

Performers create the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics

David J. Phillip / AP

As they moved into their final shapes – the Olympic rings – it looked like one ring was remaining conspicuously closed. Given that it was being formed from people, rather than lights suspended 50 feet in the air, it's unlikely this was a mechanical failure. Rather, it seemed like Russia was throwing in a last-minute wink and a nod to the biggest mistake of their opening ceremony.

At long last, definitive proof that Russia does have a sense of humor.

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