OLYMPIC RINGS BURST INTO FLAMES - ONLY ON TV

Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn’t happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off. But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster. As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away to rehearsal footage. All five rings came together, and the fireworks exploded on cue. “It didn’t show on television, thank God,” Jean-Claude Killy, the French ski great who heads the IOC coordination commission for the Sochi Games, told The Associated Press. Producers confirmed the switch, saying it was important to preserve the imagery of the Olympic symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALSO: From mall ice rink to Winter Olympics: PH’s Martinez proud of achievement

Michael Christian Martinez, the 17-year-old from Muntinlupa City, defied the odds to be the first-ever figure skater to carry the Philippine flag in the Winter Games. He’s also the first representative of the sport from Southeast Asia, a region where there is only two seasons: rainy and dry. “I feel proud because there are a lot of people that say that because we’re a tropical country; we can’t do this or we can’t do that,” Martinez told NBCOlympics.com in an interview. “But what I say to them is that I’ll be the first one to skate in the Olympics. I’m proud of that.” Martinez’ dreams of making it to the biggest sporting stage in the world, in fact, started in a mere recreational skating rink in a shopping mall in the often-humid Manila. “I saw skaters doing jumps and spins on the rink at the mall. After the first time I tried it I loved the sport already,” he shared in the same interview. But that small—not even Olympic sized—rink, which was located beside the busy foodcourt area of the mall, proved to be enough to cultivate Martinez’ gem of a talent. He eventually got better training in the United States starting in 2010.

ALSO: Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez shines

Filipino standout Michael Christian Martinez made a good account of himself in the men’s figure skating event of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games at Innsbruck, Austria, last month. The 15-year-old Martinez, the lone Filipino entry in the prestigious event, emerged third in the short program, before ending up seventh in the free skate in the Jan. 16 to 22 event. Martinez, a former Asian novice champion, bucked sub-zero conditions, finishing ahead of skaters from Germany, France, Japan and Korea in the short program ruled by Yan Chan of China.


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Dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Friday.

SOCHI, RUSSIA, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 (PHILSTAR) AP – Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn’t happen.

The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off.

But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster.

As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away to rehearsal footage. All five rings came together, and the fireworks exploded on cue.

“It didn’t show on television, thank God,” Jean-Claude Killy, the French ski great who heads the IOC coordination commission for the Sochi Games, told The Associated Press.

Producers confirmed the switch, saying it was important to preserve the imagery of the Olympic symbols.

The unveiling of the rings is always one of the most iconic moments of an opening ceremony, and President Vladimir Putin has been determined to use the ceremony as an introduction of the new Russia to the world.

Konstantin Ernst, executive creative director of the opening ceremony, told reporters at a news conference that he called down to master control to tell them to go to the practice footage when he realized what happened.

“This is an open secret,” he said, referring to the use of the prerecorded footage. The show’s artistic director George Tsypin said the malfunction was caused by a bad command from a stage manager.

Ernst defended his decision, saying that the most important part was preserving the images and the Olympic tradition: “This is certainly bad, but it does not humiliate us.”

NBC was to air the ceremony in the US on tape delay later Friday, and said in a statement: “We will show things as they happened tonight.”

Glitches are not uncommon at Olympic opening ceremonies.

There was a minor controversy over trickery involving the fireworks at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after it was revealed that some of the display featured prerecorded footage.

Fireworks bursting into the shape of gigantic footprints were shown trudging above the Beijing skyline to the National Stadium near the start of the ceremony. Officials confirmed that some of the footage shown to TV viewers around the world and on giant screens inside the stadium featured a computer-generated, three-dimensional image. – AP

Filipinos in Winter Games spurred to go for gold by Madel Sabater - Namit February 9, 2014 Share this: Manila, Philippines – Even without snow in the country, Malacañang expressed optimism yesterday that Filipinos competing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to bring home the bacon with their innate talent and skills.

“We are very, very proud that these athletes with Filipino lineage have proven themselves to be capable, to be competent,” Presidential spokeman Edwin Lacierda said.

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Fireworks over the Olympic Cauldron signal the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7, 2014

“We always say that if the Filipinos are given a chance to excel, they will have the opportunity to excel and they will have competence to excel,” he said.

“We wish our fellow Filipinos na nagco-compete ngayon sa Sochi, good luck and sana po kayo’y pagpalain ng ating Panginoon. Kayang-kaya natin po iyan,” he added.

The Philippines’ lone bet, 17-year-old Michael Christian Martinez, (top left photo) will be competing for figure skating.

Martinez is the first athlete to represent the Philippines and Southeast Asia in Olympic figure skating. This is the fourth time a home-grown Filipino qualified for the Winter Olympics.

Aside from Martinez, two other athletes with Filipino descent will also be competing, Filipino-Polish American JR Celski and Filipino-Canadian Gilmore Junio, in short-track and long-track speed skating respectively.

Lacierda said not having snow in the country does not deter Filipinos from aiming for the gold in the Winter Olympics.

“Talagang kahit na wala tayong yelo, kaya natin iyan [Filipinos can do it even without snow in the country],” Lacierda said.

“The lack of a natural resource like snow does not stop us from excelling in a sport that which we have no previous experience,” he said.

“I think our innate talent, when given the chance to perform, shows that we are truly capable of excelling,” he added.

Lacierda said Filipinos should support Filipinos who are competing for the Winter Olympics, especially for Martinez, who is the country’s lone bet for the said competition.

“We hope the Filipino people are all behind Christian and his quest for gold dito sa Sochi Olympics,” he said.

Philippine Olympic team by Reuters February 3, 2014 Share this: Philippines, Sochi, Russia, Winter Olympics Games,


Manila Bulletin, Philippine Olympic team members (L-R) Maria Martinez, Maria Calaguas, Viktor Kudryavtsev and Michael Christian Martinez pose for photographers during the welcoming ceremony for the team in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, February 2, 2014. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA – Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

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From mall ice rink to Winter Olympics: PH’s Martinez proud of achievement By Celest R. Flores INQUIRER.net 3:06 pm | Sunday, February 9th, 2014


A Russian soldier stands in front of Philippine Olympic Team members during the welcoming ceremony for the team in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on February 2, 2014. AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

MANILA, Philippines— To have proved that someone from a country where winter is nothing but an idea is an achievement itself for the Philippines’ lone representative to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Michael Christian Martinez, the 17-year-old from Muntinlupa City, defied the odds to be the first-ever figure skater to carry the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.

He’s also the first representative of the sport from Southeast Asia, a region where there is only two seasons: rainy and dry.

“I feel proud because there are a lot of people that say that because we’re a tropical country; we can’t do this or we can’t do that,” Martinez told NBCOlympics.com in an interview.

“But what I say to them is that I’ll be the first one to skate in the Olympics. I’m proud of that.”

Martinez’ dreams of making it to the biggest sporting stage in the world, in fact, started in a mere recreational skating rink in a shopping mall in the often-humid Manila.

“I saw skaters doing jumps and spins on the rink at the mall. After the first time I tried it I loved the sport already,” he shared in the same interview.

But that small—not even Olympic sized—rink, which was located beside the busy foodcourt area of the mall, proved to be enough to cultivate Martinez’ gem of a talent. He eventually got better training in the United States starting in 2010.

Martinez, bucking asthma and a surplus of injuries, then started reaping the rewards of his patience and hard work and was eventually gifted a slot in the prestigious Winter Games.

“It feels great that I’m here representing the Philippines at the Olympics,” Martinez said.

“There is a lot of pressure on me because not only am I skating for my country, but for all the hard work I’ve put in the last four years.”

Figure skater Martinez shines By Cedelf P. Tupas Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:57 pm | Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


Michael Christian Martinez Photos - ISU Four Continents Figure Skating

Filipino standout Michael Christian Martinez made a good account of himself in the men’s figure skating event of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games at Innsbruck, Austria, last month.

The 15-year-old Martinez, the lone Filipino entry in the prestigious event, emerged third in the short program, before ending up seventh in the free skate in the Jan. 16 to 22 event.

Martinez, a former Asian novice champion, bucked sub-zero conditions, finishing ahead of skaters from Germany, France, Japan and Korea in the short program ruled by Yan Chan of China.

Efremenko Feodosi of Russia actually edged Martinez for second spot by just .35 points.

Martinez tallied 97.25 points in the free skate event also won convincingly by Chan, who posted 132.8 points. Uno Shoma of Japan settled for the silver with 115.63 points.

In preparation for the Winter Olympics, Martinez, whose skills were developed when he enrolled at SM Ice Skating, worked with Ilia Kulik, a Russion ice skating figure skating champion, and noted choreographer Alex Chang.


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