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February 23, 2014

22:01

Head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, thanks Sochi and Russia in the Russian language: "Spasibo!"

22:00

“This is the new face of Russia! Our Russia! And for us these Games are the best ever,” Chernyshenko stressed.

21:58

“The first ever Winter Games in Russia are about to end. Russia has fulfilled its promise,” Chernyshenko said, thanking the athletes, fans and all those, who made the Sochi Olympics possible.

21:56

Head of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, addresses the crowd.

21:45

Pyeongchang presents itself as the 2018 Winter Olympics host.


21:44

Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Lucy Nicholson)

21:43

The flag of the next Olympic host country, South Korean, is raised.

The national flag of South Korea is raised next to the flags of Russia (L) and Greece at the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014.(AFP Photo / Andrej Isakovic)

21:42

The South Korean anthem is performed at the Fisht arena.

21:41

The Olympic flag is passed by the Sochi mayor to his counterpart from PyeongChang, which hosts the next Winter Games in four years’ time.

Mayor of Sochi Anatoliy Pakhomov (L) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) applaud after handing over the Olympic flag to the Mayor of PyeongChang Lee Seok-rae during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. (AFP Photo / Peter Parks)

21:38

The Olympic flag is hauled down and carried away from the Fisht stadium by the young Sochi kids.