After more than two weeks of thrilling athletic competition, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics came to a conclusion on Sunday with a beautiful closing ceremony.
On February 4, the opening ceremony of the Winter Games brought on stunning LED and laser light displays, d-D technology, multiple performances and the traditional Parade of Nations showcasing athletes from around the world.
The closing ceremony on February 20 was held at the National Stadium. Similarly to the opening ceremony, the stadium was illuminated with multiple LED light displays.
Team USA, donning their stylish Ralph Lauren closing ceremony outfits, was led by flagbearer Elana Meyers Taylor, who made history this Winter Games by becoming the most decorated Black athlete in the Winter Olympics.
One staple of the closing ceremony is the tradition of the Olympic flag being passed from the host city to the next city. After the Olympic flag was lowered, Chen Jining, the mayor of Beijing, passed the flag to International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, who then passed it to the mayors of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, where the Winter Games will be hosted in 2026.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics closing ceremony.