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Russia in first, Korea 13th as 2014 Sochi Olympics end Updated: 2014-02-24 09:08:32 KST

Russia in first, Korea 13th as 2014 Sochi Olympics end
Splashes of color lit up the stadium at the start of the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
Sochi 2014 Russia's first Winter Olympics came to an extravagant end on Sunday with music, dancers and art.
There was even some humor in the closing when only four rings of the Olympic symbol opened up -- a nod to the technical glitch during the opening ceremony when one failed to open.
The fifth ring eventually opened followed by the singing of hundreds of children ballet by the Bolshoi and performances by some Korean artists, including soprano Jo Sumi.
Sochi 2014 was the most expensive Winter Games ever with Russia spending about 51 billion U.S. dollars, and a record 88 nations competing.
In the medal standings host country Russia came out on top with 13 gold medals and a whopping 33 Olympics medals in total.
Korea ranked 13th,with all of its medals coming from the ice.
The host country of the next Winter Games came out with three gold medals, three silver and two bronze medals.
In his closing address. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach hailed the success of the Sochi Olympics saying that " everybody with an open mind could see the face of a new Russia: efficient and friendly, patriotic and open to the world."
And then the flag was passed from Sochi to Pyeongchang the host city of the 2018 Winter Games.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.


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