Sochi, Russia – American figure skater Ashley Wagner took to the ice Saturday to skate to the music of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” during the team ladies short program. After weeks of being in the media spotlight because of criticism regarding her being on the U.S. Olympic team, Wagner was focused on one thing and one thing only: to keep the U.S. in contention for a medal in the team figure skating competition.
Then the unexpected happened. When the music played, it wasn’t Pink Floyd at all. It was Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” Apparently, the Russians wanted to sabotage Team U.S.A., sending armed government agents to the sound control booth at the Iceberg Skating Palace. They ordered the sound technician to replace Wagner’s music with the Russian classic.
To her coach’s and teammates’ surprise, Wagner started her routine as if she was skating to her original chosen music. It paid off quite well. Wagner received a composite score of 63.10, skating a clean program and assuring the U.S. team a solid third place going into the finals.
Something may have gone wrong, but Wagner made it right!
San Francisco, California – Two of the largest charities and used-clothing stores, Goodwill and The Salvation Army, have started a fierce bidding war over the Ralph Loren-designed, patchwork sweaters worn by the U.S. Olympic delegation at last night’s Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony. A third, lesser known used-clothing store in San Francisco, Out Of The Closet, has indicated it will join in the bidding.
The sweaters, made in the City of Commerce in Southern California, have received mixed reviews immediately after their world-wide television debut. Some fashionistas described the sweater as something one would use in an ‘uggliest sweater party.’
Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Out Of The Closet merchandise managers have agreed that the used sweaters will be a big hit in their stores not so much because they were worn at the Olympics but because “they are the type of sweaters that our customers always look for – patchwork and all.”
It wasn’t clear if the U.S. Olympic Committee will sell or donate the sweaters to the winning bidder.
Sochi, Russia – It was meant to be truly spectacular – snow flakes exploding to form the five rings of the Olympic logo. Except that one snow flake, well, flaked and didn’t turn into the fifth Olympic ring.
It was one of the embarrassing moments of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.
But no worries, the technical glitch has resulted in a multi-million t-shirt business. Just minutes after the glitch unfolded on worldwide television, an enterprising Filipino produced and marketed a t-shirt bearing the botched Olympic rings image.
Internet orders of the t-shirt immediately came pouring in, resulting in a 30-day back order status, and assuring the entrepreneur earnings that would take him past his retirement age.
To register for the long waiting list for the t-shirt order, visit http://www.sochiglitch.com.