10 Best Pictures From the 2014 Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony

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By Shruthi SU | February 24, 2014 2:55 PM EST

The closing ceremony not only subverted the technical glitch of the opening ceremony in what was called "optimistic wistfulness", but it also showcased the standing of Russian culture in world art. It was promised before the event that the closing ceremony will be a European vision of Russian culture.

>"The audience will be presented with a European vision of Russia. Spectators of the Closing Ceremony at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will once again meet Lubov (Love), the young girl who was already introduced during the Opening Ceremony. Along with her new friends Valentina and Yura, she will travel through Russian culture, turning the pages of Russian literature, enjoying the magic of Russian art and listening to the wonderful sounds of Russian music," a press release informing the plan for the closing ceremony stated earlier.

An Olympic Games mascot pauses before extinguishing the Olympic flame in a small cauldron in the stadium during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
An Olympic Games mascot pauses before extinguishing the Olympic flame in a small cauldron in the stadium during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers, large mechanized Olympic mascots and a vessel suspended in the air take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers, large mechanized Olympic mascots and a vessel suspended in the air take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev performs during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev performs during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers recreate the opening ceremony technical glitch of the Olympic rings in a way of subverting it during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers recreate the opening ceremony technical glitch of the Olympic rings in a way of subverting it during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (3rd L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd R) as gold medallist in the four-man bobsleigh Alexander Zubko (2nd R) looks on in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 23. Reuters.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (3rd L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd R) as gold medallist in the four-man bobsleigh Alexander Zubko (2nd R) looks on in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
Performers form the actual Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters
Performers form the actual Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters

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An Olympic Games mascot pauses before extinguishing the Olympic flame in a small cauldron in the stadium during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Performers form the actual Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters
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Performers, large mechanized Olympic mascots and a vessel suspended in the air take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Dancers perform during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Russian pianist Denis Matsuev performs during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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Performers recreate the opening ceremony technical glitch of the Olympic rings in a way of subverting it during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23. Reuters.
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