On the evening of February 20, the closing ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was held in the National Stadium. Party and state leaders such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng, and Wang Qishan attended the closing ceremony. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Yue Yuewei Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, February 20.
The closing ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was grandly held at the National Stadium on the evening of the 20th. Party and state leaders such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng, Wang Qishan, and IOC President Bach attended the closing ceremony.
From the 100-year Olympic dream in 2008, to the re-joining of the Olympic movement in 2022, Beijing has become the first “Double Olympic City” in history. In the past 16 days, Beijing has witnessed the glory and dream of competitive sports, and united the unity and friendship of human society. Under the banner of the Five Rings, nearly 3,000 athletes from 91 countries and regions worked hard, challenged their limits, and surpassed themselves, breaking 2 world records and 17 Winter Olympic records, playing “faster, higher, stronger— —More Unity” cadenza movement.
Overcoming the impact of the epidemic, China has made great efforts to hold a simple, safe and exciting Winter Olympics. The first-class competition venues and facilities and excellent organizational services have won wide acclaim from the Olympic family and the international community. The Chinese delegation set new records for the number of gold medals and medals won in a single Winter Olympics with 9 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes, ranking third in the gold medal list, creating the best results in history since participating in the Winter Olympics in 1980. . At night, the National Stadium was full of brilliance and a warm atmosphere.
To the music of “Peace – A Community of Destiny”, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan walked to the rostrum with Bach and others and waved to the audience. The audience burst into warm applause. At 20:00, the opening performance of the closing ceremony “Light Up” began. The children carried snowflake lanterns and lit up the “winter” emblem on the venue in the tradition of making lanterns on the Lantern Festival. All stood up, and the bright five-star red flag rose slowly amid the majestic national anthem of the People’s Republic of China.
A huge Chinese knot pattern appeared on the venue, and flag bearers walked into the venue with the flags of the 91 delegations participating in the Winter Olympics. The classic music of “Ode to Joy” sounded, and the athlete representatives entered the stadium. The audience expressed warm congratulations and sincere respect to the athletes with applause and cheers. The big screen plays the short film “2022, with me! ” to reproduce the wonderful moments of the athletes’ hard work and passion. Afterwards, awards were given to the winners of the women’s 30km mass start (free technique) event in cross-country skiing and the men’s 50km mass start (free technique) event in cross-country skiing.
The sincere smiling faces of the volunteers were continuously presented on the big screen. On behalf of all the athletes, the newly elected members of the IOC Athletes Committee paid tribute to the six volunteer representatives and expressed their sincere gratitude to the volunteers. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games initiated the “Salute to Volunteers”, which has since become a tradition at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. During this Winter Olympics, tens of thousands of volunteers served enthusiastically and worked hard, and won universal praise. The IOC short film “The Power of Faith” was played on the big screen, vividly showing the Olympic spirit of “faster, higher, stronger – more united”. The event is coming to an end, and it’s time to part.
The ancients of China often folded the willows to bid farewell to them, expressing their longing. 365 ordinary people from all walks of life and different ages held willow branches and gathered in the center of the venue, representing the 365 days of the year. White beams light up from the center of the venue, forming a monument of light, supporting the main torch “Big Snowflake”. The big screen plays the short film “2022, with us! ” to record the heartwarming scenes of the Winter Olympics. Afterwards, the ceremony of raising the Greek flag and playing the Greek national anthem was held.
Children from the Fuping Mountains in Hebei sang the Olympic anthem again, and the Olympic flag was slowly lowered in the singing. The Olympic flag handover ceremony begins. The Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, waved the five-ringed flag and handed it over to IOC President Bach. Bach will hand over the flag to Sara, mayor of Milan, Italy, and Mayor of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Gedina, the host city of the next Winter Olympics. The Italian national anthem was played and the Italian flag was raised. The city of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo brought a wonderful theatrical performance “The Combination of Two Cities, Togetherness of Strength”. Afterwards, Cai Qi, chairman of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, delivered a speech, saying that in these unforgettable 16 days, athletes from all over the world shined on the field, showed the charm of sports, and interpreted the “faster, higher, stronger – more Unity” Olympic motto.
The members of the Olympic family united and cooperated, and various media carefully broadcast reports, presenting every wonderful moment inside and outside the Beijing Winter Olympics to the world. Thank you to all the friends who participated, supported and contributed to the Beijing Winter Olympics. You also embody the wonderfulness of the Winter Olympics. “Double Olympic City”, the extraordinary Winter Olympics. The Beijing Winter Olympics has opened a new era of global ice and snow sports. Let us remember this unforgettable Winter Olympics time and join hands to create a better future for mankind. Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, delivered a speech. He said that the Olympic Village of this Winter Olympics is unique, with breathtaking venues and extraordinary organizational work.
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, Chinese government departments and all our partners and friends in China. This is a truly unparalleled Winter Olympics, and we welcome China as a major country in ice and snow sports.
Finally, Bach announced the closing of the 24th Winter Olympics and called on young people from all over the world to meet in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo four years later to participate in the 25th Winter Olympics. The big screen plays the short film “Goodbye! To the future together! “, at the moment when this Winter Olympics is coming to an end, the friendship between the Chinese people and the guests from all over the world is frozen. At 21:35, the moving singing of the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games “Me and You” sounded again, and the gleaming Olympic rings rose from the center of the venue.
The main torch “Big Snowflake” slowly fell, and in the pure and ethereal singing of “Snowflake”, the Olympic fire that had been burning for 16 days gradually went out. The grand fireworks soared into the sky, showing the shape of five rings and the words “One World, One Family” in Chinese and English over the stadium. Songs, applause and cheers resounded through the sky, and the National Stadium became a sea of joy.
Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in Beijing, Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, State Councilor, President of the Supreme People’s Court, Chief Procurator of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing and members of the Central Military Commission attended the closing ceremony.
The head of the International Olympic Committee and others attended the closing ceremony.
Post time: Feb-22-2022