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Closing Ceremony, Aug. 12. Josh Haner/The New York Times

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda was awarded the gold medal for the men's marathon (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

During the closing ceremony, performers form the Olympic rings, including a nod to the technical malfunction that occurred in the opening ceremony. #sochi2014 #olympics #winterolympics

Official escorts stand ready to accompany the flag bearers of the competing nations at the closing ceremony. #sochi2014 #olympics #winterolympics

The Olympic mascot Misha during the closing ceremony of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.

The Opening Ceremony of the London Summer Olympic Games. Photo: Brian Peterson, @Star Tribune

Balazs Baji, an athlete from Hungary, stands on his tiptoes to write on the Olympic truce wall at the Athletes' Village in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London.

Photo work room at Olympic stadium - photo by Brian Peterson

Misha, mascot of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow #olympics #summerolympics

British policeman Mark Riddick holds an Olympic Gold Medal during the Village Mayors trip around the London 2012 Olympic Athletes village in east London, on August 2, 2012.

Great Britain's Corinna Lawrence (right) set up a last-32 contest with European champion Simona Gherman in the women's epee with a win over Caterin Bravo Aranguiz (left). Photo: Brian Peterson, @Star Tribune

Sochi 2014 photos «Bolshoy» Ice Dome

One last look at the #olympicflame before it gets extinguished tonight at the #closingceremony

Olympic Cauldron - Fire and Ice - Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Jamie Anderson and Sage Kotsenburg with their gold medals #sochi2014 #olympics #winterolympics

General view of Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, London

Diana Vishneva performs Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games #sochi2014 #winterolympics #olympics

The Montreal Olympic games gold medal 1976