With a Wink and Bow, Sochi Shuts Off Lights
Remember that whole failed ring? Russia spoofs it
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2014 11:07 AM CST
Performers recreate the ring that did not open at the opening ceremony during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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(Newser) – With a sweep of the men's bobsled for the home team and Sochi's final gold medal given out, Russia gave a wink at the little Olympic ring that couldn't in the opening ceremony and closed out its uber-expensive Olympiad today. Kicking off at 20:14 local time, in honor of the year Vladimir Putin tried to reboot his country's image with the $51 billion athletic bonanza, mother Russia flashed highlights of its 17 days of sports glory amid fireworks and chants of "Ro-ssi-ya!" reports the AP. Putin himself politely clapped throughout the event, and well he should—Russian athletes finished first in gold medals with 13, and first overall, with 33, notes the AP.

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