After two weeks of cheering, intense competition, and record-breaking achievements, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games finally bid farewell, as athletes and fans gather one last time to admire the sparkling closing ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium.
The closing ceremony kicked off shortly after 8 p.m., maintaining the “20:14” theme. The display was a fantastic affair in “art-house style,” with spectators continuing their trip through Russian culture. Fireworks lit up the sky as a boat carrying Lyuba, Yura, and Valya floated over the audience and glittering shoals of ‘fish’ swarmed underneath.
The Russian flag was brought into the arena by the Russian athletes who led their country to gold at the Games. Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC president Thomas Bach were among the crowds, observing a subsequent rendition of the Russian national anthem sung by 1,000 children.
Athletes from the participating nations then marched into the arena, with Blur’s ‘Song 2’ among the pieces played, before a hush settled upon the audience and Olympic champions prepared themselves to receive their medals on the podium.
Norway’s cross country skiers were presented with gold, silver, and bronze medals for the women’s 30 kilometer mass start free race, and Norway’s national anthem was performed. Russian cross country skiers were next – Aleksandr Legkov, Maksim Vylegzhanin, and Ilya Chernousov also swept the podium in the men’s 50 kilometer mass start race. The Russian anthem rang through the stadium after they were presented with their medals…. see more