Olympic officials defended the use of TV rehearsal footage to cover up a glitch in Sochi’s opening ceremony.

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 expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off.

While the 40,000 spectators in the stadium saw the glitch, Russian state television cut away to air the recorded images showing all five rings joining together and fireworks exploding.

“Some people decided to take some other footage and some not,” International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told a news conference Saturday. “It’s a very technical Olympic ceremony, very well organized. But the show itself was a fantastic one. I don’t see what the problem is, to be honest.”

Adams said the show “was even better on television.”

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