The 2014 Winter Olympics are already being brought to a close in Sochi. While the Games in Russia in so many ways feel like they just started, they'll be finished up Sunday after the closing ceremony.
This year's Olympics was scrutinized and poked fun at perhaps more than any other in recent history, but when the dust settled and the athletes started taking center stage, the sports took over and in exciting fashion. Records were broken, surprise medalists emerged, shocking upsets occurred and heroes stood tall in their quest for glory.
In terms of outside perception, Sochi's Games could not have gotten off to a worse start, and yet they will still be looked back at fondly thanks to the athletes taking over. Thanks to a number of epic events, memorable finishes and medals upon medals given out, Sochi will be remembered as a very successful Olympic Games.
It will all be brought to a close on Sunday with the closing ceremony, so let's take a look at everything you need to know to catch it on a live stream or on television.
When: Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. ET
Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Watch: NBC (replay shown at 8:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra
What to Watch For
Generally speaking, countries hosting the Olympics put by far their most efforts into the opening ceremony. There's no reason not to—far more people will tune in for the beginning action and a first impression is indispensable.
With that said, countries don't just typically mail it in for the closing show. They save some of their best stuff for it, in order to send the Games out with a bang and leave a long lasting effect on those who tuned in.
Sochi will want to do that more than most hosts, considering the negative attention the Games received in the weeks and days leading up.
With how poorly things started out in some respects, finishing out strong with a spectacular show would go a long way to repair the reputation of the Sochi Games moving forward.
Some of the world's best athletes gathered in Sochi have already headed home from the Games and won't be in attendance for the closing ceremony. But others stuck around to celebrate the Sochi Games for one last time.
American Julie Chu is one of them. The first Asian-American to play for the women's hockey team helped the U.S. ladies claim silver after a heartbreaking loss to Canada in the gold medal game.
USA Hockey congratulated her:
With another Olympic Games heading into the books, spectators and athletes should have plenty of fond memories to look back on from the Sochi Games. The athletes left an undeniable mark on the Games moving forward, ringing in some new events while breaking records in others.
Four years now separate the world from the next Winter Games, which is set to happen in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Sochi's closing ceremony is the only thing separating the world from two-and-a-half years of no Olympics. The torch will be lit again in Brazil in 2016 for the Summer Games.