The 2014 Olympics in Sochi have officially come to a close. After a plethora of action-packed events featuring highly skilled athletes concluded, all that was left was finishing in style—by way of the closing ceremony.
Just like they began, the Olympics ended with dazzling performances and breathtaking sights. Russia showed its attention to detail and stellar showmanship once again during this event. The closing ceremony awarded its viewers with vivid memories that are sure to withstand the test of time.
Let's take a closer look at some of the most mesmerizing moments and iconic photos from a memorable show that was more than worthy of closing out what was a fantastic Winter Games.
Starting in Style
Sochi was lit up like a Christmas tree before the closing ceremony began. The official Sochi 2014 Twitter account posted an awe-inspiring overhead photo of the incredible display:
Inside Fisht Olympic Stadium was just as beautiful:
Oooooh. Pretty. pic.twitter.com/9CgVavsLa7— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) February 23, 2014
The event's first show featured many glittering performers together on the floor, resembling a sparking ocean:
Russia Has a Sense of Humor
Remember the Olympic ring that failed to open during the opening ceremony? Well, in case you missed it, here's another look:
During the closing ceremony, Russia poked a bit of fun at itself and lit up performers to look like one of the Olympic rings failed to open yet again:
Flag Bearers Enter
One of the most distinguished honors for Olympians is to carry their country's flag into the closing ceremony. Here's a look at the beginning of the procession:
Another look from the athlete's section in the audience:
Hockey player Julie Chu had the honor of carrying the United States' flag this year:
From classical music to ballet and circus performances, the closing ceremony had it all. Here's a look at some photos from many of the memorable moments that took place on Sunday:
Russia made it snow during the opening ceremony, and they did it again to close out the Olympic Games:
Yes, that is an entire upside-down town on the ceiling of the stadium, as the show continues underneath:
ICYMI upside down house ... pic.twitter.com/l08OMRkI0J— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) February 23, 2014
A stunning piano concerto took place soon after, as Russia displayed a great amount of class and culture:
Russia's love of classical performances continued with a gorgeous display of ballet:
What would the closing ceremony be without a return of the mascots? They performed once again on Sunday:
Performers dancing on wires above the audience made a breathtaking silhouette:
Passing the Flag
In Olympic tradition, the host country passes the Olympic flag to the next country that will conduct the Winter Games. This time the flag is passed to South Korea:
Olympic Flame Extinguished
Extinguishing the Olympic Flame provides the official conclusion to the Winter Games. This year, the polar bear mascot did the honors:
Soon after, Sochi was set ablaze with fireworks:
One final look from the crowd as the performers in Sochi say their goodbyes:
What an awesome show! pic.twitter.com/gAjjadoSJQ— Johnny Quinn (@JohnnyQuinnUSA) February 23, 2014
The closing ceremony of the 2014 Olympics displayed many vivid and memorable sights for everyone watching. The Olympic Games went smoothly in Russia, and the concluding event resembled that same efficiency.
For the host country, the entire Games was a huge success, as the Russians put on an amazing show on a world-wide stage and also emerged victorious atop the medal standings.
Event planners and performers in Sochi should be proud of what they accomplished. One thing is for certain: Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Games, certainly has its work cut out to duplicate such a fantastic performance.