The 2014 Winter Olympics Come to an Artistic Close

Publicada Domingo Febrero 23, 2014 4:50 PM GMT

Putting an end to globe-spanning competitions, the 2014 Winter Olympics came to an end today (February 23), with the final closing ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

Sochi's mayor presented the Olympic flag to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, the next host of the Winter Olympics, and a massive animatronic bear blue out the iconic Olympic flame.

Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee President, commended Russian president, Vladimir Putin for being host to the games, and for creating "A new Russia…efficient and friendly, open to a new world."

Athletes from around the world marched into the arena, and a Marc Chagall painting appeared on stage as masked dancers cavorted on stilts to violin and viola, along with a piano performance of Rachmaninoff, as well as presentations of Russian ballet and literature.

The ceremony began at 8:14 PM local time, and Russia, the champion overall, brought home 33 medals; the United States coming in second with 28.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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