Stunning Beijing Closing Ceremony of Winter Olympics

THE closing ceremony at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium brought dancing children to the snowflake-themed finale and song as the Olympic flame was extinguished, while fireworks lit up the night sky with the message, ‘One World, One Family’.

Great Britain was among the teams to earn a gold medal for Curling at the Beijing Winter Olympics

A tremendous fireworks display marked the close of the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Marking the end of the 24th Olympics in games International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach as described as “truly exceptional”, in handing over the Olympic flag with Beijing Mayor Chen Jining to mayors of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the 2026 Olympics host cities in Italy, he made a call for unity and worldwide access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Germany’s four-man Bobsleigh team won gold at the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Named ‘Rocket Man’ for his performance on the ice to the iconic song by Elton John at the Beijing Winter Olympics, Nathan Chen claimed the gold medal in figure skating for the United States

“You embraced each other even if your countries are divided by conflict,” the IOC president said in his praise for the athletes and their sportsmanship, mirroring the Olympic motto of ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together’. “The unifying power of the Olympic Games is stronger than the forces that wat to divide us. You give peace a chance.”

China’s Sui Wenjing and Huan Cong claimed the gold medal for pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Beijing

While the 24th Olympics were not without political controversy China’s nine gold medals surpassed previous records to rank third in the medal count. Norway was first with their record of 16 gold medals while Germany ranked third and the United States, fourth.

 

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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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