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In pictures: Fireworks, spectacle and tired, happy athletes as the Sochi Games end

After more than two weeks and sport and spectacle, Sochi says goodbye to the world's athletes and their fans

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Flagbearers arrive holding their national flags in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014.

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Performers take part in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi.

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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014.

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Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, centre, performs during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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Performers dance during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, toasts a glass of champagne with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova, right, in the presidential lounge before the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Athletes of Canada enter the stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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Canadian athletes march into the stadium during the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi.

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Canadian athletes hold up the national flag as they arrive during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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A group carries away the Russian national flag after it was lowered during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin smile during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 23, 2014.

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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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Performers sit in a boat during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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A performer takes part in the show during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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Performers create the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014.

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Fireworks explode seen over Olympic Park during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Performers sing on stage before the start of the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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A girl with a Russian flag painted on her face blows bubbles as she waits for the start of the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

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A spectator walks by a sign at the entrance to the Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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An Olympic volunteer sits on the beach along the Black Sea ahead of tonight's 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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A spectator holds a Russian national flag as he arrives for the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Olympic Park in Sochi February 23, 2014.

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The sun sets over Olympic Park before the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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