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Winter Olympics: Day 16 And Closing Ceremony

The main events of the final day of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in photos. On Day 16, February 23, Russia took two gold medals and Canada won the men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden. As Sochi marked the end of the games with an elaborate closing ceremony, the Olympic flag was handed over to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the next Winter Olympics. (18 PHOTOS)

Skiers compete during the men's cross-country 50-kilometer marathon. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)
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Skiers compete during the men's cross-country 50-kilometer marathon. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Russia's Alexander Legkov falls on the ground after winning gold in the men's cross-country 50-kilometer marathon. Russia took all three medals in this race. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
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Russia's Alexander Legkov falls on the ground after winning gold in the men's cross-country 50-kilometer marathon. Russia took all three medals in this race. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

Russia's Alexander Zubkov and and his teammates celebrate finishing first during the four-man bobsleigh event. (Reuters/Murad Seze)
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Russia's Alexander Zubkov and and his teammates celebrate finishing first during the four-man bobsleigh event. (Reuters/Murad Seze)

Canada's Sidney Crosby (87) scores on a breakaway past Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal game. (Reuters/Julio Cortez/Pool)
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Canada's Sidney Crosby (87) scores on a breakaway past Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal game. (Reuters/Julio Cortez/Pool)

Canada's goalie Carey Price (left) and Sidney Crosby bump heads after winning their men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)
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Canada's goalie Carey Price (left) and Sidney Crosby bump heads after winning their men's ice hockey gold medal match against Sweden. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)

Norwegian medalists in the women's cross-country skiing 30-kilometer race during the medal ceremony. (EPA/Barbara Walton)
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Norwegian medalists in the women's cross-country skiing 30-kilometer race during the medal ceremony. (EPA/Barbara Walton)

A boy passes a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin reading "For Motherland, for Russia, for Sovereignty" as he runs to distribute pamphlets to visitors. (REUTERS/Michael Caronna)
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A boy passes a poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin reading "For Motherland, for Russia, for Sovereignty" as he runs to distribute pamphlets to visitors. (REUTERS/Michael Caronna)

Dancers create the incomplete Olympic Rings during the closing ceremony. (EPA/Barbara Walton)
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Dancers create the incomplete Olympic Rings during the closing ceremony. (EPA/Barbara Walton)

Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Issei Kato)
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Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Military musicians take part in the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)
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Military musicians take part in the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach watch the ceremony. (EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and IOC President Thomas Bach watch the ceremony. (EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich)

The Russian flag is carried into the stadium. (EPA/Barbara Walton)
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The Russian flag is carried into the stadium. (EPA/Barbara Walton)

Athletes from different countries take part in the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)
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Athletes from different countries take part in the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)

Flagbearers arrive holding their national flags. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)
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Flagbearers arrive holding their national flags. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev (center) performs during the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski)
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Russian pianist Denis Matsuev (center) performs during the closing ceremony. (Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski)

Bolshoi ballet dancers perform. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)
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Bolshoi ballet dancers perform. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

From right to left: Pyeongchang Mayor Lee Seok-rae, IOC President Thomas Bach, and Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov during the closing ceremony. South Korea will host the next Winter Olympics. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)
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From right to left: Pyeongchang Mayor Lee Seok-rae, IOC President Thomas Bach, and Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov during the closing ceremony. South Korea will host the next Winter Olympics. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)

The polar bear Olympic mascot prepares to extinguish the Olympic flame. (AFP/Damien Meyer)
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The polar bear Olympic mascot prepares to extinguish the Olympic flame. (AFP/Damien Meyer)

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