The 2018 PyeongChang Closing Ceremony — Sights and Sounds


After a successful drone display - following an aborted attempt at the opening ceremony - International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach handed out medals from the final day.

The 2018 Closing Ceremony featured a number of themes, all centered around an optimistic and peaceful future.

'I think at the end of this Olympic Winter Games at Pyeongchang 2018 we can all be very happy for many different reasons, and the IOC is very happy about the great success of these Olympic Games, ' he said.

"In particular, the athletes from South and North Korea built friendship, and it showcased much bigger possibilities beyond sport." he stated.

"And the spectators in the stands shouted, "we are one".

Despite the divisions and distrust between the two Koreas, they agreed to have their athletes march together at both the opening and closing ceremonies under a banner of unification. Stratton Elite's Jessie Diggins was the flag bearer for team United States of America during the closing ceremonies.

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The Russian athletes were not allowed to participate under the national flag and performed as the team of Olympic Athlete from Russia under a neutral Olympic flag in line with the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made on January 5.

During the Ceremony, Bach presented medals to two OAR cross-country skiers that reached the podium in yesterday's men's 50 kilometres mass start classic event - runner-up Aleksandr Bolshunov and third-place finisher Andrey Larkov.

Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, 16, carried the flag after being bestowed the honour for ending the country's 26-year Winter Olympics medal drought.

Two teams of 12 skiers then left trails on the stage, forming the shape of the Beijing 2022 emblem.

Although they didn't get to wave their flag at the closing ceremony, it was a triumphant day for Russian Federation after their men's hockey team beat Germany in the final - and then defiantly sung their national anthem on the ice.