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Closing ceremonies captures humor and pageantry at Sochi Winter Olympics

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If there’s one thing people will not forget about the Sochi opening, and now the closing ceremonies, is the Olympic rings malfunction. NBC’s Sunday night primetime coverage of the two-hour Winter Olympic closing ceremony spectacle was extraordinary.

Russia does have a sense of humor after all. This time without using technology, it added a human touch to the five rings.

Starting off the closing ceremonies were thousands of volunteers draped in silver sequined ponchos running around creating marvelous aerial shapes. Finally, there was the formation of the four recognizable Olympic rings.

Off to the far right corner of the television screen was a smaller group. It was an exact replica of the snafu during the opening ceremonies 17 days earlier. After a while, the little group joined in the other circles finally forming the complete Olympic symbol.

Instead of a full Parade of Nations, selected athletes were chosen to carry their own country’s flag. Julie Chu from the impressive Team USA Women’s ice hockey was its flag bearer. The rest of the athletes still remaining at Sochi marched in as one big group. It was a colorful array of uniforms, medals, and flags.

One of the highlights of the ceremonies entertainment portion was the phenomenal Bolshoi ballet. Then it got down to the business at hand with the raising of the South Korean flag (the next host in 2018), along with Greece’s flag (the originator of the Olympics), and the flag of the host country, Russia.

The brilliant animatronics of the giant Sochi mascots looked almost lifelike. It was the Russian bear blowing out the indoor cauldron, while the Winter Olympic flame outside Fisht Stadium was extinguished.