Sochi Olympics come to an end at closing ceremony
Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse carry Canadian flag
The Russians showed they were capable Olympic hosts and formidable athletes at the 2014 Sochi Games.
And in the end, they also showed they have a pretty good sense of humour.
The Olympic cauldron was extinguished as the Sochi Games came to an end Sunday at the closing ceremony in Fisht Stadium, highlighted by a parody of the ring malfunction that became the talk of the opening ceremony two weeks ago.
Russian dancers mimicked the ring malfunction on the floor of the stadium as part of an elaborate choreographed number, with the fifth right finally opening after a delay.
Bobsled gold medallists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse carried the Canadian flag into the stadium. Humphries and Moyse defended their Olympic title in the two-man women’s bobsleigh, winning gold in Sochi to go along with their title in Vancouver.
Canadian women’s hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser was introduced as one of two athletes voted onto the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission. The four-time gold medallist was voted into the position by the Olympic athletes in Sochi, along with the Norwegian biathlon great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
The victorious Canadian men’s hockey team also took in the festivities, mere hours after their 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold medal game.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was saluted during the ceremony, which was themed around a celebration of Russian culture.
“Our Russian hosts had promised excellent sports venues, outstanding Olympic villages and an impeccable organization,” Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said during his closing speech.
“Tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised.”
The final medals of the Games were also handed out. The women’s 30-kilometre and men’s 50K cross-country winners received their hardware, with the last three medals of the Games awarded to Russian athletes, as they swept the podium in the men’s race.
As per tradition, the Olympic flag was passed off to the host of the next Games. Pyeongchang now takes centre stage as the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
“Thank you very much dear Olympic athletes,” Bach said. “You have inspired us for the last magnificent 17 days.
“These were the athletes' Games.”
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 23, 2014
Oh Canada! Getting ready to walk out!!! pic.twitter.com/De3uzkfZpN
— Kaillie Humphries (@BobsledKaillie) February 23, 2014
I love my teammates! pic.twitter.com/cWSDgL4foa
— Strombone (@strombone1) February 23, 2014