Pyeongchang Olympics ends with spectacular closing ceremony


The Pyeongchang Olympics were hailed as the "Games of new horizons" as the curtain came down on the biggest Winter Games in history Sunday.

Declaring the Games closed, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said they had opened up the Olympics to new athletes, countries, events and technologies.

"Therefore I can truly say: the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 are the Games of new horizons," he said.
"We are embracing these new horizons. We offer our hand to everybody to join forces in this faith in the future."

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump were in the stadium, as was General Kim Yong Chol, head of the North Korean delegation.

The Games opened on February 9 and were the biggest Winter Olympics of all time, with 2,920 athletes competing for a record 102 gold medals.

Norway topped the final medal tally with 14 golds ahead of Germany, which also had 14 gold but fewer medals in all. Canada was third with 11 golds. Hosts South Korea was seventh.

The run-up to the Games sparked an abrupt thaw in relations between North and South Korea, with the North sending a delegation of more than 500 to Pyeongchang including 22 athletes.
The two Koreas marched together in the opening ceremony behind the Korean unification flag.