Pyeongchang, South Korea: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach declared the 23rd Winter Olympics closed at a ceremony in Pyeongchang on Sunday, bringing to an end 17 days of sports action which has been hailed as ‘Games of new horizons’
Thomas Bach then handed over the Olympic flag to 2022 hosts Beijing.
“In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, to celebrate with all of us, the 24th Olympic Winter Games,” Bach said.
Themed “The Next Wave”, the closing ceremony highlighted the “human spirit of perseverance” and bid farewell to the athletes, referees and audiences of the Games.
The closing ceremony heavily reflected the South Korea’s popular K-pop culture, with boy band EXO and singer CL taking the stage.
And the Olympic Stadium turned into carnival scene when the DJs Rayden and Martin Garrix dropped the beat and the audiences flocked into the center stage to get their moves on.
Shortly afterwards the Olympic flame in the stadium was doused as a two-hour ceremony watched by South Korean President Moon Jae In, White House adviser Ivanka Trump and other dignitaries came to an end.
In his speech at the ceremony, Bach called the Pyeongchang Olympics “the Games of new horizons.”
What’s next for the games? Tokyo in Summer 2022, then Beijing Summer host in 2008 staging an encore, this time for a Winter Games. With the completion of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, that Olympic trinity marks one-third of a noteworthy Olympic run by Asia.
As the host city of the next Winter Games, Beijing staged an eight-minute show at the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Sunday, conveying a warm invitation to the whole world.
“See you in Beijing in 2022,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping in a video message presented during the show.
“Together with all the Chinese people, I welcome friends from all over the world,” Xi said.
The PyeongChang Olympics began on February 9 and 102 medals in total were handed out.
Norway headed the medal table with 14 golds and 39 medals in total, followed by Germany (14 golds, 31 medals in total) and Canada (11 golds). USA was fourth on the medals table with 9 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze, a total of 23 medals.
The top 8 nations on the medals table are shown below