Entertainment Sports The Tokyo Olympics Come to an End: See the Best Photos from the Closing Ceremony After over two weeks of competition in Japan, the Summer Games ended on Sunday with a Closing Ceremony spectacle at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 8, 2021 07:56 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Olympic closing ceremony. Photo: AP Photo/Vincent Thian 01 of 21 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images Before the festivities began, the Olympic cauldron was visible with the flame still burning brightly. 02 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. After a video montage of some of the amazing highlights of the Games, fireworks lit up the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. 03 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Getty The fireworks were visible from outside of the stadium in Tokyo. 04 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. David Ramos/Getty Images Japanese Olympians carried Japan's flag onto the field, before — with the help of a group of women clad in kimonos — the country's national anthem was played. 05 of 21 Olympic closing ceremony. Naomi Baker/Getty Images The Japanese women wearing kimonos sounded ethereal during the national anthem. 06 of 21 Flagbearers during the Olympic closing ceremony. Dan Mullan/Getty Images Soon, individual flagbearers walked one by one into the arena, proudly representing their country. 07 of 21 Flagbearers during the Olympic closing ceremony. Leon Neal/Getty Images For Team USA, javelin thrower Kara Winger was selected to be the closing ceremony flagbearer. 08 of 21 American flagbearer Kara Winger. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Winger is a four-time Olympian. 09 of 21 Olympic closing ceremony. AP Photo/Vincent Thian All the flagbearers formed a circle in the center of the stadium as media and other limited attendees looked on. 10 of 21 Olympics opening ceremony. Members of Team USA snapped selfies and took video footage as they marched onto the field. 11 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images American athletes danced with some of the Japanese field staff while marching onto the field. 12 of 21 Olympics opening ceremony. Team USA stars couldn't help but pose for some group shots. 13 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. With the athletes all on the field, a unique lightshow covered the center of the display while fireworks coincided. 14 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. David Ramos/Getty Images While Japanese band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra performed, breakdancers took the stage dressed in everyday garb. 15 of 21 Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. David Ramos/Getty Images Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra formed in 1988. 16 of 21 A final medal ceremony was held for the winners of the men's and women's marathons, which included Team USA bronze champion Molly Seidel (far right). 17 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Naomi Baker/Getty Images A dancer performed a moving solo routine while projections made the stage surrounding her appear to look like lanterns. 18 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Dan Mullan/Getty Images A drummer performed live in the Olympic Stadium. 19 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Rob Carr/Getty Images Performers showcased traditional dances from various parts of Japan, including the Ainu traditional dance. 20 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Getty The Olympic anthem was performed by Japanese opera singer Tomotaka Okamoto. 21 of 21 Olympics closing ceremony. Leon Neal/Getty Images The Games came to an official close with the extinguishing of the Olympic cauldron.