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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Comes to a Close

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The Sochi Winter Olympics concluded yesterday, after 16 days of competition on the ice and snow. Host nation Russia won the most medals overall, taking home 33, followed by the U.S. with 28, and Norway with 26. The event was brought to a close in Fisht Stadium last night, with a massive closing ceremony ending with a handoff to Pyeongchang, South Korea, host nation of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Collected below are images of the last days of competition, and last night's closing ceremony. Be sure to also see Olympic Photos Part I, and Part II, earlier on In Focus. [41 photos total]

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Victor An of Russia reacts as he crosses the finish line first in the men's 500m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The gold was one of four medals won by An in Sochi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Victor An of Russia reacts as he crosses the finish line first in the men's 500m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The gold was one of four medals won by An in Sochi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States step onto the ice before performing in the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, on February 22, 2014. Davis and White won gold in Ice Dance on February 17. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #
Annalisa Drew of the United States crashes in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Finals on day thirteen of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 20, 2014. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #
Jonathan Quick of the United States tends the net against Canada during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, on February 21, 2014. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
(From right) Norway's winning team members Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog, Joergen Graabak and Magnus Hovdal Moan celebrate by sliding after the flower ceremony for the Nordic Combined team Gundersen event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor, on February 20, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder) #
In this picture made with a fisheye lens, South Korean speedskaters practice in Sochi, on February 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #
The team from Canada CAN-3, with Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell, slide down the track upside down after crashing in turn sixteen during the men's four-man bobsled competition in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) #
Pilot John James Jackson (center), Stuart Benson (right) and Bruce Tasker of Great Britain team 1 react after the crash of Canada team 3 during the Men's Four Man Bobsleigh heats at Sliding Center Sanki, on February 22, 2014. (Julian Finney/Getty Images) #
From left, France's Ophelie David, Canada's Kelsey Serwa, Canada's Marielle Thompson and Sweden's Anna Holmlund compete during the women's freestyle skiing skicross finals in Rosa Khutor, on February 21, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
Czech Republic's Gabriela Soukalova (left) prepares to shoot during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event, on February 21, 2014. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin) #
Russia's Anastasia Chirtcova crashes during a women's ski cross heat at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 21, 2014. Ahead of her are Chile's Stephanie Joffroy, center, and Switzerland's Katrin Mueller, right. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
Canada's E.J. Harnden, right, and Ryan Harnden, left, sweep ahead of the rock during the men's curling semifinal game against China, on February 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #
The team from the United States USA-2, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, left, prepare to start their third run during the women's bobsled competition in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #
A skier competes in a snowstorm during the men's freestyle skiing halfpipe finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, on February 18, 2014. (Reuters/Mike Segar) #
Valerie Maltais of Canada competes in a women's 1000m short track speedskating quarterfinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Korea's Yuna Kim celebrates her silver medal win, holding her flag at the end of the Figure Skating Women's free skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 20, 2014. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk) #
Haavard Klemetsen of Norway competes in the Nordic Combined Men's Team Large Hill at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, on February 20, 2014. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) #
Marie-Philip Poulin #29 of Canada celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the United States in overtime as Anne Schleper #15 and Michelle Picard #23 of the United States react after the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, on February 20, 2014. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
Canada's goalie Shannon Szabados waves the Canadian flag after their women's ice hockey gold medal win over Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, on February 20, 2014. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
The Olympic rings are reflected in the goggles of Norway's Haavard Klemetsen as he makes his attempt during the ski jumping portion of the Nordic combined Gundersen large hill team competition, on February 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) #
Carolina Kostner of Italy casts a shadow as she begins her routine in the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #
In this multiple exposure photo, Sweden's Anna Holmlund (green bib), Canada's Kelsey Serwa (red bib), Austria's Katrin Ofner (blue bib) and Switzerland's Fanny Smith (yellow bib) crest a hill in the women's freestyle skiing skicross semi-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, on February 21, 2014. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Women's ski cross gold medalist Marielle Thompson of Canada, right, celebrates on the podium with silver medalist and compatriot Kelsey Serwa, left, at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, on February 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
Russia's skaters start during their men's speed skating team pursuit quarter-finals event at the Adler Arena, on February 21, 2014. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
Canada goaltender Carey Price greets USA goaltender Jonathan Quick after the 1-0 Canada win in the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
Li Zijun of China competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace, on February 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
The Czech Republic's Ondrej Moravec, right, celebrates winning the bronze medal next to silver medalist France's Martin Fourcade, during the men's biathlon 15k mass-start in Krasnaya Polyana, on February 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
Sidney Crosby of Canada celebrates after scoring his team's second goal in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match against Sweden at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014. Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 for the gold. (Martin Rose/Getty Images) #
Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left) and figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova (right) with glasses of champagne in the presidential lounge before the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Sochi, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/David Goldman/Pool) #
An Olympic volunteer sits on the beach along the Black Sea ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, on February 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
At the closing ceremony, performers hold light sticks during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard) #
A large mascot, the Olympic Polar Bear, blows out the Olympic flame during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski) #
Performers are suspended in a giant rowboat during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn) #
Giving a nod to the malfunctioning Olympic Rings from the opening ceremony, Performers form an incomplete set of the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard) #
Performers take part in the closing ceremony in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, on February 23, 2014. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) #
A performer suspended in mid-air takes part in the closing ceremony in Sochi, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
Performers, large mechanized Olympic mascots and a vessel suspended in the air take part in the closing ceremony, on February 23, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young) #
Artists perform near the flag of South Korea, the country that will host the next Winter Olympics, during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, on February 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) #
South Korean artists perform during the closing ceremony in Sochi, on February 23, 2014. Pyeongchang will host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #
Fireworks explode over Olympic Park, bringing the 2014 Winter Olympics to a close, on February 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #

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