It still feels like the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games was just yesterday. Let’s look back at some of the great Closing Ceremony moments from recent Winter Olympic Games. Which one was your favorite?
One of the Olympic Rings failed to open during the Sochi Opening Ceremony. So, Russia showed a great sense of humor by having the ring open in an even bigger way at the Closing Ceremony.
Canadian speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan was unable to light one of the cauldron pillars at the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony due to a hydraulic problem with the pillar. She was given the chance to remedy that by lighting the pillar at the Closing Ceremony. Humor was on display here too, with Canadian clown and mime Yves Dagenais “pulling” the problematic pillar up onto the stage!
The athletes at the Turin 2006 Closing Ceremony entered the arena without a strict order. This followed a tradition started 50 years earlier at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games.
Salt Lake City
At the Salt Lake City 2002 Closing Ceremony, 75-foot tall dinosaurs hovered over one corner of the stadium cracking jokes. Their voices were provided by Utah natives Donny and Marie Osmond. The dinosaurs were there to commemorate the rich natural history of the Salt Lake area.
Thousands of Japanese swayed flashlight lanterns in the crowd at the Nagano 1998 Closing Ceremony. The pride they showed in their city and nation was a beautiful sight.