Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games concluded.
After over two weeks of showcasing the best on winter sports among the athletes from across the world, the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, Sochi 2014 ended yesterday with a spectacular closing ceremony. The host nation, Russia topped the medal table as expected with 13 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronzes for a total of 33 medals. Norway came in second with 11 golds, 5 silvers and 10 bronzes while Canada is third with 10 golds, 10 silvers and 5 bronzes.
The opening ceremony on 7th February was troubled with a serious technical malfunction when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open in a performance’s segment. Well. That’s a big FAIL to the iconic Olympic rings display which is in tradition of every ceremonies of Olympic Games history. Other embarrassing incidents surfaced one after another during the games which had almost made the host nation of the world’s most expensive Olympic Games in history a major laughing stock.
But the hosts hit back in fine style at yesterday’s closing ceremony, with hundreds of dancers choreographed to form the Olympic rings – with the fifth and final ring failing to open AGAIN, as it had two weeks ago – only this time the malfunction was entirely planned. I’m quite surprised that they did this on purpose this time and I actually like it. The organizers showed a welcome willingness to put in a bit of humour based on a major glitch they had about two weeks ago to purely entertain the audiences this time. Interesting!
Well, the games officially ended. Before the games, no one knows Sochi. Where is it? It is not even a capital or a major city of Russia. It was just a small resort town. But now after the games, it can call itself proud for having successfully hosted Winter Olympic Games before, one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The high spirit of sports over there hasn’t end yet as Sochi will be hosting the Winter Paralympic Games too, from 7 to 16 March 2014. After that, we will be looking forward to the next edition of Winter Olympic Games; Pyeongchang 2018 at South Korea.
(Information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)