NYMag reports on the closing ceremonies at Sochi:
Just when we were starting to think that the Sochi Olympics would never end, they did. Vladimir Putin and the gang bid farewell to their many international guests on Sunday with a closing ceremony that picked up where the opening ceremony left off a mere sixteen days ago. And, somewhat surprisingly, given Putin’s infamous self-seriousness, there was a little joke about how one Olympic ring failed to open during the first Sochi spectacle…
Many pics at the link.
Of course, just not having the most dire pre-Sochi predictions come true could be considered the biggest triumph:
… The Olympics’ Closing Ceremonies on Feb. 23 coincide with the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s brutal deportation of the Chechen and Ingush populations from the Caucasus. Almost 500,000 men, women and children were rounded up in freight trains and sent to Central Asia. Up to half of them perished along the way. Terrorists might try to exploit the symbolism of the day and of the Olympics for nefarious ends…
So, now that we are being returned to our regularly scheduled sports program(s), what’s on the agenda for the evening?