The 2014 Olympics will reach its conclusion on Sunday by way of the closing ceremony. This event will feature many similarities to what we witnessed during the opening ceremony; however, in different fashion and in a different order.
From another parade of athletes to speeches, performances and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, there will be plenty to behold as the Olympic Games conclude in Sochi.
Let's take a look at the event's start time and viewing information followed by what attractions can be expected during the culmination of the Winter Games.
What: 2014 Olympics closing ceremony
Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium
When: Sunday, Feb. 23
TV Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Attractions to Watch
Parade of Athletes
Like the opening ceremony, athletes from every nation will file into Fisht Olympic Stadium. However, this time around, there isn't a set order for their appearances. Once they file into the stadium, they will remain there in reserved seating.
This is still a moment to watch, as victorious athletes will be on display for their fans. This part of the event is highlighted by the flag bearer from each country. Being a flag bearer is one of the most distinguished honors that any Olympian can receive.
For the United States, the flag bearer will be women's ice hockey veteran Julie Chu.
Chu is one of America's most decorated female Olympians. She was earned a medal in four consecutive Olympic Games with the women's team. This should he Chu's last Olympics with the United States, and she is well-deserving of ending her illustrious career with this honor.
During an interview with Amanda Manci of TeamUSA.org, Chu described the feeling:
I'm completely humbled and kind of in shock. I never imagined that this would happen, especially knowing how strong the U.S. delegation is. Our team has so many inspiring athletes who I've gotten a chance to root for. This is special and I don't take it lightly. I've had amazing teammates along the way and an incredible support system with my family, friends, USA Hockey and the USOC—there are so many people who have made it possible for me to be at the Olympic Games four times. It's not about me; it's about everyone who has been a part of this journey and about our team of amazingly strong women.
Chu was one of the instrumental members of the women's ice hockey team who helped lead the Americans to an Olympic silver medal in Sochi.
In what is sure to be a breathtaking performance, a Russian children's choir featuring 1,000 members will sing during the closing ceremony. According to Russkiy Mir, it is still a secret as to what they will sing; however, it will surely be a show that should not be missed.
The other performance will be from Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko. She is a native of Krasnodar, which is not far away from Sochi.
The Russian national anthem will play while the Olympic flag is lowered from the stadium. Once the flag has been retrieved, it will be passed from the mayor of Sochi to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea—the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The passing of the flag signifies the changing of the guard from one Olympic Games to the next.
Once again, speeches will take place. This time they will signify the end of the Olympic Games. Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Organizing Committee for the 2014 Olympic Games, will speak and thank athletes from participating countries.
Afterward, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will speak and announce the closing of the Winter Games.
The final event that will take place during the closing ceremony will be the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. This officially symbolizes the conclusion of the Olympic Games in Sochi.
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