Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close


Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close

Russian athletes were not allowed to march under their own flag at the Closing Ceremony but, in return, the country's National Olympic Committee is set to have its suspension lifted soon. A total of 92 countries have participated in the major worldwide sport event, with the Norwegian team collecting most of the medals as result of competitions (39, including 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze medals) and the Russian team 17, including two gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.

Athletes danced and sang together in 1 degree Celsius temperatures at the vibrant ceremony as South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games".

Sadowski-Synnott and Porteous then held up the flag together.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka attended and sat in the same box with Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of North Korea's ruling Worker's Party Central Committee. "The hope and aspirations of South and North Korean athletes together with cheerleaders will definitely serve as a cornerstone of the unification of the Korean Peninsula".

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom preceded Bach in making a speech, saying the athletes from North and South Korea "built friendship".

Lindsey Vonn competes in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"The IOC will continue this Olympic dialogue, even after we extinguish the Olympic flame". We offer our hand to everybody to join forces in this faith in the future.

It marks Taufatofua's fourth shirtless appearance at an Olympics ceremony, with two each in PyeongChang and Rio.

The Russians were all wearing the bland grey jackets and flag with the Olympic rings on as the IOC banned them from carrying the Russian flag.

Attention now turns to Tokyo, host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, while the Winter Games also stays in Asia with Beijing holding the next edition in 2022.

Bronze medallists Zoi Sadowski Synnott and Nico Porteous pose for a portrait on day 14 of the Winter Olympics.



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