Pyeongchang 2018

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PyeongChang 2018 ends in style

A spectacular Closing Ceremony brought the curtain down on PyeongChang 2018.

Hosts South Korea and North Korea marched together as they did in the Opening Ceremony 16 days ago.

Speed Skating mass start gold medallist Lee Seung-Hoon and North Korean figure skater Kim Ju Sik carried the Korean Unification flag.

The Wonder Women

Two history makers were among the flagbearers of the 93 nations represented.

Ester Ledecka, the first woman to win gold in two different sports at an Olympic Games, carried the Czech Republic flag.

And cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen did the honours for Norway fresh from her victory in the 30km mass start.

She then received her eighth Olympic gold medal from IOC President Thomas Bach.

Bjoergen’s total of 15 medals makes her the decorated Winter Olympian of all time.

That was the last event of the Games and saw Norway join Germany on 14 golds in PyeongChang.

Norway won a total of 39 medals, the most for any nation at a Winter Olympic Games.

K-Pop extravaganza

Korean boyband EXO was the star musical turn in a vibrant K-Pop show after the athletes’ parade.

The PyeongChang 2018 mascot Soohorang lit up the night sky courtesy of hundreds of illuminated drones.

And a pair of skaters dressed as giant pandas took to the floor before the handover of the Olympic flag from Korea to China, hosts of Beijing 2022.

“The world became one”

POCOG President Lee Hee-beom said “the world became one” in PyeongChang.

He added that the presence of both South and North Korea had enhanced the futures of the two nations.

“The seed of peace you have planted here in PyeongChang will grow as a big tree in the not-distant future.

“The hope and aspirations of South and North Korean athletes together with cheerleaders will definitely serve as a cornerstone of the unification of the Korean Peninsula.”

The Games of “new horizons”

Lindsey Vonn and Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua, topless once again, were among the athletes joining Bach before he made his closing address.

Bach said the Games had opened up “new horizons”.

“We are embracing these new horizons. We offer our hand to everybody to join forces in this faith in the future.”

He also paid tribute to competitors from South and North Korea.

“With your joint march, you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us. You have shown how sport brings people together in our fragile world; you have shown how sport builds bridges.

“The IOC will continue this Olympic dialogue, even after we extinguish the Olympic Flame.”


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