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IOC defends rehearsal footage use

Updated: February 8, 2014, 9:36 AM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- Olympic officials are defending the use of TV rehearsal footage to cover up a glitch in Sochi's opening ceremony and the choice of a final torchbearer who had posted a racially offensive tweet about President Barack Obama.

Friday night's ceremony hit a bump when only four -- instead of five -- illuminated floating rings linked up to form the Olympic symbol in the early section of the show.

The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one never ...

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