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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-24

The Winter Olympics on Sunday closed with host nation Russia finishing on top of the board with a total of 33 medals as Sochi pulled down the curtain on the most expensive winter games of all time.

Sochi also let its hair down with a light-hearted reference to an embarrassing hiccup in the opening ceremony — when one of the illuminated Olympic rings failed to open — by having hundreds of glittering performers form four big rings and a small one, before allowing it to open up.

"Tonight we can say: Russia delivered all what it had promised," IOC President Thomas Bach told the 40,000 people attending the closing ceremony.

"What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in Sochi in just seven years."

The Olympics had more than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries — both record numbers — and featured 12 new events to attract younger fans as well as more broadcasters than ever before.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

France garnered15 medals in the Sochi games.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2014-02-23

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