2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony
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Flagbearers at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.
|Date||25 February 2018|
|Time||20:00 – 22:05 KST (UTC+9)|
|Location||Pyeongchang, South Korea|
|Filmed by||SBS and OBS|
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- South Korean singer Jang Sa-ik performed Aegukga with children from Gangwon Province.
- South Korean guitarist Yang Tae-Hwan performed "Winter" of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
- South Korean post-rock band Jambinai performed "Time of Extinction" including many geomungo players.
Parade of Nations
The flag bearers of 92 National Olympic Committees arrived into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The flag bearers from each participating country entered the stadium informally in single file, ordered by ganada order of the Korean alphabet, and behind them marched all the athletes. Marching alongside the athletes were Soohorang, the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic mascot, and Hodori, mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
- South Korean singer and rapper CL, leader of disbanded South Korean girl group 2NE1 (2009-2016), performed "The Baddest Female" and world hit "I Am the Best".
- South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO performed "Growl" and "Power".
- Dutch DJ Martin Garrix headlined the afterparty segment performing "Forever", "Together", "Animals", "Like I Do", and "Pizza".
Handover of the Olympic flag
First, the Greek flag was raised while its anthem played. The Olympic flag was then lowered and passed, by the mayor of Pyeongchang County, Shim Jae-kook, to IOC President, Thomas Bach, who then handed it over to the mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining. This was then followed by the raising of the flag of China, and the playing of its anthem. The flag will be raised again in Tokyo, Japan, for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 24 July 2020.
Beijing 2022 performance
Beijing, the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, presented a special performance See You in Beijing in 2022 directed by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, who also presented the 2008 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies. The presentation featured two pandas skating and people forming red lines that became a dragon, as pandas and dragons are national icons for China. The skaters also trail lines to form the emblem of the games. China's Paramount leader Xi Jinping made a cameo appearance by video expressing the welcome message on behalf of the Chinese people.
Games declared closed
IOC President Thomas Bach formally closed the games, calling them 'The Games of New Horizons.' Soon after, the cauldron was extinguished.
Dignitaries in attendance
- South Korea - President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, First Lady of the Republic of Korea Kim Jung-sook
- North Korea - Supreme People's Assembly Presidium member Kim Yong-chol
- China - Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Liu Yandong
- Jang Sa-ik and a choir of local schoolchildren - National Anthem of South Korea
- London Symphony Orchestra - National Anthem of Greece
- Oh Yeon-joon - Olympic Hymn (English version)
- A choir of singers from the 56 ethnic groups of China - National Anthem of the People's Republic of China
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