10 Breathtaking Photos from the Closing Ceremony
WHAT A FLAKE
DO THE WAVE
A well-accessorized Sochi flag-bearer leads Olympians through the Fisht Olympic Stadium, where the athletes lined up in their patriotic attire for the closing ceremony, themed "Reflections of Russia."
Four-time Olympian Julie Chu carries the American flag into the stadium. The ice hockey champion – who helped her team win silver in Sochi – was picked by her fellow Team USA athletes for the honor. "I'm so humbled," she told Today. "I don't even know how to express it."
IN LIVING COLOR
The circus has come to town! Painted performers command the spotlight during the closing ceremony, which showcased the host nation's culture and heritage through the performing arts, music and literature.
PARTY IN THE U.S.A.
Team USA has plenty to celebrate – 28 medals, nine of which are gold! – at Sunday's closing ceremony.
FLOAT THEIR BOAT
A dreamlike sequence – just one of many visual masterpieces taking center stage – sends performers soaring into the air above a suspended rowboat.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
As the ceremony shines light on the 2018 Winter Olympics host, Pyeongchang, South Korea, a group of ethereal dancers keep the presentation moving smoothly.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS
The world of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Nikolai Gogol – among other literary greats – unfold like the ultimate fairy tale with the help of some page-turning performers.
Not one, not two, but 62 grand pianos harmonize to the tune of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "The Piano Concerto No. 2" as soloist Denis Matsuev takes the lead.
OVER THE MOON
The sky's the limit for the Sochi performers taking the closing ceremony to new heights against a nighttime backdrop.