All five rings were eventually darkened and moved out of the arena, right before President Vladimir Putin was introduced
Chinese state media have worked hard to portray the visit as a sign of warming relations between the neighbors
The opening ceremony for the Sochi Games hit a bump when only four of the five Olympic Rings materialized in a wintry opening scene.
Putin has staked his reputation on hosting safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi
The news broke as athletes from nations around the world poured into the stadium for the Winter Olympics in Sochi
The Winter Olympic games which were due to start on Friday began 32 hours before the opening ceremony
The previous record was set at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where 82 national teams took part
Fears rise in Washington for the safety of U.S. athletes following terror threats against the Games
Air and naval assets, including two ships in the Black Sea, would be made available if needed during the Sochi Winter Olympics
The explosion took place two months after another suicide bomber struck the same Russian city
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