Malfunctions are par for the course during live events, but this one was a symbolic eyesore. The fifth Olympic ring never transformed due to an electric problem.
And then three terrifying animatronic creatures took the ice.
The Russian Police Choir sang Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and shook their groove thing.
This stunning 213-foot long troika (three animatronic horses) pulled a sun across the sky.
An exotic carnival of colors, acrobats, and balloons invaded the senses.
Liza Temnikova, an 11-year-old girl who is the daughter of two taxi drivers, represented the heroine Lyubov (Love), leading audiences through a magical dreamscape, eventually taking to the air.
The Swan Lake performance was gorgeous.
Thank goodness Matt Lauer explained YOLO.
Everyone wondered if the Germany’s Olympic Team was engaging in a silent protest by wearing these rainbow-colored uniforms, despite claims that the outfits were designed before Russia’s anti-gay insanity went down.
The lighting of the torch capped off a surreal evening filled with fire.