Curtain falls on Sochi Olympics
The Japan News -- Feb 25
After 17 days of hard-fought competition, the curtain fell on the Sochi Olympic Games on Sunday night.

About 2,900 athletes from 88 nations and regions competed in 98 events across seven sports. Russia, the host of the Games, topped the medal table with 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze, a definitive rebound from the 15 medals the nation won at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Japan was represented by 113 athletes, who won eight medals, the second highest total for Japan at the Winter Olympics, behind only the 1998 Nagano Games, where it earned 10 medals.

At the closing ceremony, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the "extraordinary success" of the Sochi Games.

Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov handed the Olympic flag to Bach, who passed it on to Lee Seok Rai, mayor of South Korea's Pyeongchang, host of the next Winter Games in 2018. Then the Olympic flame was extinguished, marking the close of the Sochi Games.

閉会式に参加していた男子フィギュアスケート・金メダリストの羽生結弦選手(19)ら­、ソチオリンピックの選手団が、日本時間24日夜、帰国の途に就いた。
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