Highlights of the Pyeongchang Olympics Closing Ceremony, in Photos

Highlights of the Pyeongchang Olympics Closing Ceremony, in Photos

Athletes and officials gathered at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for one last big party.

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The Olympic athletes who remained in South Korea for the duration of the Games then took a victory lap.

Despite questions over Australians' level of interest in the Winter Olympics, viewer statistics suggest they were interested. "There is a point in time when you can't do that, but we still have a lot of headroom in winter sport".

Russian athletes were here in spite of their nation's massive state-sponsored doping program, but they were not here as usual, forced to take a new name - Olympic Athletes from Russia - and compete without their flag and national anthem.

The Korean curling team turned into viral sensations known as the "garlic girls" due to the primary product of their hometown. We were just listening to the Korean rapper CL with her song "The Baddest Female".

Bach handed the Olympic flag to the mayor of Beijing, which will host the next winter Olympics in 2022.

As temperatures hovered around minus 4 degrees, an audience of 35,000 gathered to reflect on 17 action packed days and record-breaking performances by more than 3,000 athletes from 92 teams around the world. NBC Olympics is the USA broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games through the year 2032.

Cross-country skiing legend Marit Bjoergen - the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympics history - was presented with her gold medal a matter of hours after winning the 30-kilometre mass start classic event. Two Russian athletes tested positive for doping in PyeongChang - the only two cases of the Games.

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Athletes from South and North Korea marched together, as they did in the opening ceremony.

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and Lee Hee-beom, President & CEO of PyeongChang Organizing Committee stand on the stage with Lindsey Vonn of the United States, Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and Olympic athletes during the Closing Ceremony.

- ICE HOCKEY: Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, was disappointed with the crowds at some playoff games, but also acknowledged that South Korea is not a hockey country and "the pricing was also relatively high for people".

Murray and her staff also came out to see the players off, an occasion that she said was "sad".

Diggins later ended her second Olympic Games with another dream - carrying the American flag into the Closing Ceremony.

His success was followed by Super Saturday last weekend when Lizzy Yarnold retained her skelton title and skeleton competitor Laura Deas and skier Izzy Atkin won bronze medals.

The Games were held in the Pyeongchang area on South Korea's west coast, just 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

The historic joint hockey team - the first unified Korean squad in any sport at any Olympics - was assembled on January 25, five days after the International Olympic Committee approved an inter-Korean agreement on its formation.

Korea's women curlers wave at a medal ceremony in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Sunday.

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