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BEIJING 2022 LIVE - CLOSING CEREMONY CONCLUDES AS WE BID FAREWELL TO THE WINTER GAMES

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Updated 20/02/2022 at 15:07 GMT

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15.05
THAT'S IT FOR OUR BEIJING COVERAGE
It's time to sign off the live coverage from the 2022 Winter Games.
We hope you enjoyed all of the action and drama over the past two and a half weeks. It's been a joy to bring it to you. In terms of the Winter Games we know Milan-Cortina may be a few years off, but the good news is that Paris 2024 feels much closer!
Greg Rutherford, for one, is already excited about it and you can rest assured that it will return live on Eurosport and discovery+
See you soon!

'Very special, very different' - Rutherford already excited for Paris 2024 Olympics

15.00
IT’S CURLING HOME, IT'S CURLING HOME, IT'S CURLING....
Here it is: the final instalment of the Best of Beijing courtesy of our very own Ben Snowball.
Enjoy!
Finally! Eve’s golden curlers sign off Games in style – Best of Beijing
14.50
14.40
THE CONTROVERSY OF THE GAMES
Kamila Valieva’s doping case has been the dominant story of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics after a positive test for a banned heart drug was revealed a day after she inspired the Russians to a gold medal in the figure skating team event. British Olympic Association (BOA) boss Andy Anson says he would back a harsher ban for Russia should they be found guilty of doping Valieva.
More below...
'Horrific' - BOA chief supports harsher ban for Russia if Valieva was deliberately doped
14.30
GB'S MEDAL MOMENTS: THE GOLD
But the women managed to go one better on the final day of the Games to finish on an absolute high.

‘GB have surely won the Olympic title’ – Watch moment Muirhead delivers key blow in final

14.25
GB'S MEDAL MOMENTS: THE SILVER
It wasn't to be for GB's men's curlers as they were edged out in the gold medal match against Sweden.

'Oh no! He's missed it!' - GB lose on final stone to take silver as Sweden win gold

14.20
'A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT AND VERY EMOTIONAL'
Greg Rutherford and Amy Williams share their thoughts on the flame going out at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic Games will return with Paris 2024, live on Eurosport and discovery+

'A beautiful moment and very emotional' - Rutherford and Williams on flame going out

14.15
CLOSING CEREMONY SUMMARY
The Winter Olympics have officially closed in Beijing after two and a half weeks of superb sport, drama and controversy.
Read Richard Newman's report on the long farewell to the 2022 Games below.
Magnificent fireworks close Winter Olympics in Beijing
14.00
BEIJING REFLECTIONS
Just two medals overall, but Team GB should be “really pleased” with the young athletes that broke through at Beijing 2022, according to two Eurosport pundits and former Olympians.
Team GB should be 'really pleased' despite medal haul, say Williams and Rutherford
13.50
ROLL ON 2024
The greatest show on earth, the Olympics, is coming to Paris in 2024. The Olympic Games will return with Paris 2024, live on Eurosport and discovery+

‘Back on European soil!’ - Paris set to 'welcome greatest show on earth' in 2024

13.45
THE CLOSING CEREMONY CONCLUDES
Beijing 2022 is over.
It's been an epic few weeks and we've had you covered every step of the way on Eurosport and discovery+
13.42
THE FLAME GOES OUT ON THESE GAMES
The symbolic extinguishing of the Olympic flame is done.
Fittingly, lit snowflakes rises out of the stadium to the sound of the Beijing 2022 song, 'Snowflake.'
And then an explosion of noise and light - cue those fireworks! Wow.
13.40
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BYE BYE, BEIJING 2022 ... HELLO MILAN-CORTINA 2026...
Bach concludes: "And now I have to mark the end of this unforgettable Olympic experience: I declare the 24th Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 closed.
"In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Milano Cortina, Italy, to celebrate with all of us, the 25th Olympic Winter Games."
13.36
IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH OFFICIALLY DECLARES BEIJING 2022 CLOSED
13.33
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'CONGRATULATIONS CHINA'
The IOC President's speech includes some pointed political messages as well as a few phrases in various languages - impressive stuff.
He continues: "Our deepest thanks and gratitude go to the Organising Committee, the public authorities and all our Chinese partners and friends. On behalf of the best winter sport athletes of the world, I say: Thank you, our Chinese friends!
"To all the volunteers I say: you warmed our hearts with your smiling eyes. Your kindness will stay with us forever. Thank you, volunteers!
"This unforgettable experience was only possible because of our gracious hosts, the Chinese people. With over 300 million people now engaged in winter sports, with the great success of the Chinese athletes, the positive legacy of these Olympic Winter Games is ensured.
"With the truly exceptional Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 we welcome China as a winter sport country. Congratulations, China!"
13.30
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'THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT OF SOLIDARITY'
"If we want to finally overcome this pandemic, we must be faster, we must aim higher, we must be stronger – we must stand together.
"In this Olympic spirit of solidarity, we call on the international community: give equal access to vaccines for everybody around the world. The Olympic spirit could only shine so brightly, because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way – and in a safe way.
"The Olympic Villages were outstanding. The venues – magnificent. The organisation – extraordinary. The support of the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, our TOP Partner and Rights-Holding Broadcasters – unwavering."
13.28
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BACH ON THE PANDEMIC AND HOW SPORTS INSPIRES ALL
"May the political leaders around the world be inspired by your example of solidarity and peace. We share this Olympic spirit with all the athletes who because of the pandemic could not make their dream come true.
It breaks our hearts that you could not be with us. But you belong and always will belong to the Olympic community."
13.26
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'YOU GIVE PEACE A CHANCE'
Bach continues his speech:
"You not only respected each other. You supported each other. You embraced each other, even if your countries are divided by conflict.
"You overcame these divisions, demonstrating that in this Olympic community we are all equal – regardless of what we look like, where we come from, or what we believe in.
This unifying power of the Olympic Games is stronger than the forces that want to divide us: you give peace a chance."
13.24
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ICO PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH TAKES CENTRE STAGE
He addresses the stadium - the athletes and 'Olympic friends':
"Over the past 16 days, we admired your outstanding performances.
Each and every one of you strived to achieve your personal best. We were deeply touched how you were wishing and cheering for your competitors to achieve their best as well...
13.20
DUALITY, TOGETHER
That’s the theme of the Milan-Cortina presentation as two contrasting Italian areas come together for the next Winter Games.
We are treated to a ‘pas de deux’ dance which ends with the logo for Milan-Cortina 26 and another video highlighting the parts of Italy involved.

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