Four Canadian superstars hit their marks, torches blazing in their hands, and only three legs of the cauldron rose from the floor.
It turned out to be an omen foreshadowing how the Winter Olympics in Vancouver...now known as the Glitch Games...would play out.
Bad weather has created a schedule shuffling nightmare for skiers. Thousands of snowboarding tickets had to be refunded. The speed skating rink melted into a giant Slurpee.
It's been a bumpy ride for the organizers...but here's the good news: Years from now no one will talk about the slippery haystacks or how the skating rink became a swimming pool.
They'll remember Alexandre Bilodeau's golden moment...and the beauty of Shen and Zhao's pairs performance....the things that make the Olympics...the Olympics.
The boo-hoos will melt away like snow. But if not, they can change the national anthem to uh, oh, Canada.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.