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Winter Games Come to a Close in Shochi

The Sochi Olympics games are over. Despite concerns about security, there were no incidents, and the 22nd winter games ended with a high tech, glitch-free closing ceremony.
The Sochi Olympics games are over.   Despite concerns about security,  there were no incidents, and the 22nd winter games ended with a high tech, glitch-free closing ceremony.  
 
 
Four time USA Olympian Julie Chu carried the Stars and Stripes during the closing ceremonies in Sochi.  Her teammates were not far behind…..snapping photos and soaking up the moment.
 
Team USA capped the winter games with a bronze medal Sunday in the 4-man bobsled.   The Americans finished with 28 total medals, 5 behind the Russians who won a record 13 gold medals.

The top medal count:

Russia - 13 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze=34
USA -  9 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze=28
Norway - 11 gold, 5 silver, 10 bronze=26
Canada - 10 gold, 10 silver, 5 bronze=25

                                                                                                                            
The ceremony had the usual Olympic mix of pomp and pageantry….but there was also a light moment as organizers poked fun at the mishap in the opening ceremony when one ring failed to open.   This time it did and the crowd cheered. Before concluding the games, IOC president Thomas Bach had a message for the host nation:
 

"Tonight we can say Russia delivered all that it promised," said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.
 
The Olympic Bear blew out the flame…..shed a tear…..and the Sochi games were over.
 
The Sochi games cost an estimated $51 billion dollars to stage.


(Alfonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Sochi)

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