Olympics Closing Ceremony 2014: Primetime Viewing Guide for Final Event in Sochi

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Olympics Closing Ceremony 2014: Primetime Viewing Guide for Final Event in Sochi
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The 2014 Winter Olympics are over, with the closing ceremony set to bring the Sochi Games to a close. NBC did not broadcast the closing ceremony live, but it will show all the action as part of its final night of prime-time coverage.

Below is the full TV info on how you can catch the ceremony Sunday night for one last celebration of the Sochi Olympics.

 

What: 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Date: Sunday, Feb. 23

When: 8:30 p.m. EST

Where: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Watch: NBC 

 

What can viewers expect from the Russian port city's final flourish? Without including any spoilers, here are a few things to watch for from the closing ceremony.

 

USA Flag Bearer

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While the American flag bearer for the opening ceremony was a mystery until nearly the last moment, there is no such suspense this time around. Ice hockey forward and four-time Olympian Julie Chu was chosen to carry the flag at the closing ceremony for the U.S.

As one would expect, Chu was humbled by the honor. She took to Twitter to express her excitement shortly before the commencement of the ceremony:

Chu is the most decorated Olympian on the successful American women's hockey team. She earned silver medals in 2014, 2010 and 2002, with a bronze sandwiched in from the 2006 Torino Games.

While Chu and the American women never earned the elusive gold over that stretch, with this year being especially heartbreaking, her leadership and the team's sustained excellence made her a prime candidate.

Whereas the flag bearer at the opening ceremony often comes with an inspirational story, the closing ceremony flag bearer has generally separated him or herself with excellence in competition. Chu has done so for four consecutive Olympics, making her distinction a deserving honor.

 

Parade of Athletes

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One of the centerpieces of every closing ceremony is the parade of athletes. After the Russian flag is raised and the national anthem is performed, the remaining athletes enter the stadium in unison, as opposed to country by country like in the opening ceremony.

It is truly the final part of the Sochi celebration, as the Olympic flag is subsequently lowered and taken away afterward. Of course, everyone will want to see the correction of one memorable gaffe from the opening ceremony:

No spoiler alerts as promised, but if you are watching the closing ceremony for the first time Sunday night, Sochi's tribute to the missing fifth ring will be the highlight of the event.

 

How Will South Korea Take the Torch?

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The end of every Olympic Games offers a chance for the next host nation to exhibit its future plans. With Pyeongchang slated to host the 2018 Winter Games, South Korea will get a chance to shine for a small portion of the closing ceremony.

Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov will pass off the Olympic torch to Gangwon province leader Choi Moon-soon. The rest of the exhibition is at Korea's discretion. According to Cho Suyoun of BNT News (h/t Yahoo! Singapore), a quartet of Korean musicians is expected to perform:

World-famous soprano Jo Sumi, jazz vocalist Na Yoon Sun, musician Lee Seung Chul and Pianist Yang Bang Eon will sing together at the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to Korean classic community, four genius Korean musicians including Jo Sumi, Na Yoon Sun, Lee Seung Chul and Yang Bang Eon will present a group performance at the closing ceremony of Sochi Winter Olympics.

The four stars will sing \'Arirang medley\' on the stage, and it is known that the song was re-made into orchestra version by Yang Bang Eon.
Koreans may still be reeling from figure skater Yuna Kim's controversial loss to Russia's Adelina Sotnikova in the free skate competition, but Sunday offers them a chance to look forward to their own celebration in four years.    

Russia emerged as the top medal winner for the Games. Following an eventful run of action from Sochi, the host country will do its best to also promise an appropriate and successful farewell to the Winter Olympics.
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