Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony: Highlights and Photographs

As a small disturb to shake adult a torpor of a speeches, several obvious athletes, including Lindsey Vonn and Pita Taufatofua, though a shirt for a fourth uninterrupted Olympic ceremony, acted with Bach and done a heart-gesture with their hands.

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Beijing 2022 Takes a Stage

Skaters scooted around a theatre withdrawal luminescent trails that shaped patterns, and eventually a trademark of a 2022 Games. Giant bright pandas rollerbladed around. And then, during slightest according to a guidebook, a pandas flew behind to Beijing by a internet.

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K-Pop Takes a Turn

Time for K-pop! CL sang a pseudo hip-hop strain “The Baddest Female” and “I Am a Best,” with torches and dancers. The throng strike a top turn of fad so far. And afterwards some ritual. The inhabitant anthem of Greece. The dwindle of Greece was raised. The Olympic anthem. The Olympic dwindle was lowered and handed over to a mayor of Beijing, horde of a 2022 Games. The inhabitant anthem of China. And that meant it was time for a shred clinging to Beijing. Yes, with pandas!

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Visual Spectacle and Some Math

Next a rather epitome demeanour during time. Some bottom 60 numbers were projected. It was a bit tough to understand, though a rite manual clarified: “When a series becomes zero, a people of a destiny mangle giveaway from a existent time and space, and arrive during a universe no longer firm by gravity.” And “The Axis of New Time set a new circuit of time in motion, and notwithstanding a liquid inlet of a orbit, it reformulates itself by finding and formulating a new order.” Thousands of relocating lights and dancers done for a excellent visible philharmonic if not a transparent clear one.

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Norway’s Marit Bjoergen celebrates her bullion medal.

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Cross-Country Medalists Share a Stage

Traditionally a feat rite or dual is hold during a shutting ceremony. Here it was a men’s and women’s mass start cranky republic races. Marit Bjoergen of Norway supposed her mind-boggling eighth bullion award and Iivo Niskanen of Finland his second. Thomas Bach of a IOC was on palm and was introduced for a second time as a former fencing bullion medalist. In English and French. In French, fencing is “escrime.”

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North Korea and South Korea Carry Their Own Flags

Rather than carrying a Unified dwindle that was seen via a Games, South and North Korea any carried in their possess flag: speedskater Lee Seung-hoon carried South Korea, and Kim Ju-sik of pairs figure skating, carried North Korea.

On a stage, a deplorable and contemplative moment; a reverence to those who have died, led by a turtle and hulk puppets. The puppets were kkoktu, used during funerals to beam a passed to a subsequent world. Marchers carried dandelion seeds, mystic of life outset from death. Turtles are pronounced to lift messages from humans to a gods.

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France’s pairs figure skating organisation of Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres.

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The Parade of Flags, Minus One

Next adult was a march of flags, with any republic carried by one of a possess Olympic heroes. Except for Russia, whose dwindle has been ensign non grata during a Games. Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic), Jessie Diggins (U.S.), Marit Bjoergen (Norway), Ireen Wust (Netherlands) and Javier Fernandez (Spain) are among those who warranted a honor.

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And afterwards came a mass of athletes, entering in no sold sequence rather than particularly by republic as in a shutting ceremony. This entrance was scheduled to take 20 minutes, nonetheless during other Olympics it has mostly left on many longer. There were a record 2,920 athletes during these Games.

The Canadian commission marched in on a high, with many athletes wearing their medals around their necks. They had their best Winter Olympics opening ever — winning 29 medals in total, 14 gold. You’ll notice reduction athletes in a shutting rite than we did in a opening ceremony. Many athletes — and many of a biggest name athletes — transport behind home after their events. But a final eventuality of a Olympics resolved only 3 hours before a shutting ceremony. So if we see any athletes limping only a little, they might have participated in this afternoon’s 30 kilometer cross-country skiing race.

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A Blending of Traditional and Rock Music

Jang Sa-ik and a organisation of children got a South Korean inhabitant anthem assignment. The anthem was accompanied not by an band though by a singular marimba, a xylophone-like instrument. And afterwards Yang Tae-Hwan, 13, totally shredded Vivaldi’s a Four Seasons (Winter, naturally) in a stone guitar arrangement, as performers in intense suits cavorted. Eighty normal Korean instruments, geomungos, a kind of zither, were afterwards churned with a stone — a assembly of aged and new. A request pagoda rose from a theatre to top a opening number.

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Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, waves to a throng as Ivanka Trump looks on.

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A Colorful Introduction and a Handshake

In a colorful intro, immature skiers and skaters on wheels dashed onto a round theatre that filled a pentagonal stadium. There was complicated use of light projections on a stage. President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Thomas Bach of a I.O.C. arrived and shook hands with Ivanka Trump among others. They were presented with sleet globes by dual children. Their significance? They were any innate on Jul 7, 2011, a day Pyeongchang was awarded a Games.

It was 35 degrees in a Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. That’s pleasant compared to a low teenagers from a opening rite here. Attendees were still given a bag with a chair warmers, palm warmers and toe warmers. The rite is approaching to be dual hours long, after all.

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