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Farewell, Sochi! Russia Closes Costliest Olympics

Created: 02/23/2014 10:31 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The costliest Olympics ever are closing in Sochi with a spectacular show and Russia proudly installed atop the medals table.
    
Fireworks and a countdown kicked off the closing ceremony in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, packed with spectators who chanted "Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!" - "Russia! Russia!" -and were in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks.
    
The Winter Games now move to South Korea's Pyeongchang in 2018.
    
Giant screens flashed up highlights from the 17-day games. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's hockey final Sunday, Canada claimed the last gold from the 98 medal events.
    
Later in the ceremony, the Olympic flame will be extinguished and Thomas Bach will assess the games, his first as International Olympic Committee president.

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Veleriya Obarevich, right, and Yan Shamilov carry a Russian flag with the message "Thank you, Putin!" written across it in Russian through the Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony Sunday.
Photo: AP/David Goldman

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