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Sochi Closing Ceremony: Dancers' Joke About Olympic Rings Failure

23/02/2014 18:47 | Updated 24 February 2014

The piste has been bumpy, to say the least, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but Russia has blazed past the finish line.

The 2014 Winter Games capped off the most expensive Olympic Games ever and 98 events over more than two weeks of competition, with the closing ceremony at Fisht Stadium in the Olympic Park on Sunday.

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Sochi 2014 creative director Konstantin Ernst showed he could joke about the lighting misfire during a press conference before the closing ceremony by sporting a T-shirt with the four Olympic rings and a snowflake.

During the closing ceremony, dancers who made the shape of the Olympic rings kept the fifth ring scrunched as part of their routine.

“The Closing Ceremony is always different from the Opening Ceremony,” Ernst told reporters. “In our case we decided to turn the Opening Ceremony into a kind of blockbuster, whereas the Closing Ceremony will be more down the art-house avenue.”

On Twitter, social media users enjoyed the joke.

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PHOTO: Mascots!

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PHOTO: Bear Is Crying

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Bear about to snuff out flame in stadium pic.twitter.com/Dblv5ysNIh

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) Read More"},{"id":"109","created":"02/23/2014 1:17 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"109_","entry_text":"

A tear goes down the cheek of the giant mascot bear as the flame goes out. Outside the cauldron is extinguished …

— Alan Abrahamson (@alanabrahamson) 5 years ago

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A tear goes down the cheek of the giant mascot bear as the flame goes out. Outside the cauldron is extinguished …

— Alan Abrahamson (@alanabrahamson) Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"02/23/2014 1:17 PM EST","title":"Mascot Blows Out The Flame","tweet_link":"108_mascot-blows-out-the-flame","entry_text":"

The Olympic mascot bear just blew out the flame and then shed a tear. Wow.

Bunny, and bear, and leopard! Oh, my! #WeAreWinter #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/dFI5i7akaD

— CDN Olympic Team (@CDNOlympicTeam) February 23, 2014

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The Olympic mascot bear just blew out the flame and then shed a tear. Wow.

Bunny, and bear, and leopard! Oh, my! #WeAre...Read More"},{"id":"107","created":"02/23/2014 1:15 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"107_","entry_text":"

I know these ceremonies can border on outrageous over the top ... but where I am, we are are riveted.

— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) 4 years ago

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I know these ceremonies can border on outrageous over the top ... but where I am, we are are riveted.

— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) 4 yea...Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"02/23/2014 1:14 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"106_","entry_text":"

Mascot time! #nightmarebear is back, animatronic, on skates and better than ever. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) 5 years ago

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Mascot time! #nightmarebear is back, animatronic, on skates and better than ever. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) 5 years ag...Read More"},{"id":"105","created":"02/23/2014 1:13 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Olympic Mascots","tweet_link":"105_photo-olympic-mascots","entry_text":"

The giant Sochi mascots are back pic.twitter.com/9jUWdfxoj3

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) February 23, 2014

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The giant Sochi mascots are back pic.twitter.com/9jUWdfxoj3

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"02/23/2014 1:12 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"104_","entry_text":"

It's all mascots and mirrors now in the closing ceremony. No smoke though.

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) 4 years ago

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It's all mascots and mirrors now in the closing ceremony. No smoke though.

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) 4 years ago

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Those giant Olympic mascots are back on the stage at the closing ceremony.

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Those giant Olympic mascots are back on the stage at the closing ceremony.

"},{"id":"102","created":"02/23/2014 1:10 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"102_","entry_text":"

Bach declares Olympic games officially closed and huge cheer erupts in some sections of press center..lots of folks want to go home

— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) 5 years ago

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Bach declares Olympic games officially closed and huge cheer erupts in some sections of press center..lots of folks want to go home

— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) Read More"},{"id":"101","created":"02/23/2014 1:10 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"101_","entry_text":"

While the prez of IOC is speaking the athletes are doing selfies #Sochi2014

— MarthaBellisle (@marthabellisle) 3 years ago

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While the prez of IOC is speaking the athletes are doing selfies #Sochi2014

— MarthaBellisle (@marthabellisle) 3 years ago

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Per tradition, Bach calls on the youth of the world to gather four years from now in Pyeongchang.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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Per tradition, Bach calls on the youth of the world to gather four years from now in Pyeongchang.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 yea...Read More"},{"id":"99","created":"02/23/2014 1:09 PM EST","title":"Games Are Closed","tweet_link":"99_games-are-closed","entry_text":"

Bach has declared the 2014 Winter Olympic Games closed.

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Bach has declared the 2014 Winter Olympic Games closed.

"},{"id":"98","created":"02/23/2014 1:09 PM EST","title":"More Bach's Speech","tweet_link":"98_more-bachs-speech","entry_text":"

\"There were the athletes' games. We arrived with great respect for the rich and varied history of Russia. We leave as friends of the Russian people.\" - Bach

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\"There were the athletes' games. We arrived with great respect for the rich and varied history of Russia. We leave as friends of the Russian people.\" - Bach

"},{"id":"97","created":"02/23/2014 1:08 PM EST","title":"Bach's Speech","tweet_link":"97_bachs-speech","entry_text":"

IOC president Thomas Bach says the \"new Russia\" is \"patriotic and open to the world.\"

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IOC president Thomas Bach says the \"new Russia\" is \"patriotic and open to the world.\"

"},{"id":"96","created":"02/23/2014 1:07 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"96_","entry_text":"

Bach says everoyne with \"an open mind\" could see the new Russia, which is effecient and friendly.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)
5 years ago

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Bach says everoyne with \"an open mind\" could see the new Russia, which is effecient and friendly.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 yea...Read More"},{"id":"95","created":"02/23/2014 1:06 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"95_","entry_text":"

Bach appeals to those involved in confrontation, oppression, violence to follow the Olympic example of harmony and peace. Also thanks Putin.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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Bach appeals to those involved in confrontation, oppression, violence to follow the Olympic example of harmony and peace. Also thanks Putin.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"94","created":"02/23/2014 1:06 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"94_","entry_text":"

IOC President Bach thanks Putin and says, \"What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in Sochi in just seven years.\"

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) 4 years ago

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IOC President Bach thanks Putin and says, \"What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in Sochi in just seven years.\"

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) Read More"},{"id":"93","created":"02/23/2014 1:05 PM EST","title":"Promise Fulfilled ","tweet_link":"93_promise-fulfilled-","entry_text":"

Thomas Bach: \"Tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised.\"

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Thomas Bach: \"Tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised.\"

"},{"id":"92","created":"02/23/2014 1:04 PM EST","title":"IOC President's Speech","tweet_link":"92_ioc-presidents-speech","entry_text":"

IOC Prez Thomas Bach says :\"impeccable organization\" at these games. \"tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised.\"

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins)
4 years ago

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IOC Prez Thomas Bach says :\"impeccable organization\" at these games. \"tonight we can say Russia delivered all what it had promised.\"

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"91","created":"02/23/2014 1:02 PM EST","title":"Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko","tweet_link":"91_sochi-2014-ceo-dmitry-chernyshenko","entry_text":"

Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko: \"For us, there games are the best Games ever.\"

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Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko: \"For us, there games are the best Games ever.\"

"},{"id":"90","created":"02/23/2014 1:01 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"90_","entry_text":"

Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko says \"Russia has delivered on its promise....This is the new face of Russia, our Russia.\"

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)
5 years ago

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Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko says \"Russia has delivered on its promise....This is the new face of Russia, our Russia.\"

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"02/23/2014 12:58 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"89_","entry_text":"

Sochi 2014 head Chernyshenko: \"Russia has delivered on its promise.\"

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) 4 years ago

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Sochi 2014 head Chernyshenko: \"Russia has delivered on its promise.\"

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) 4 years ago

"},{"id":"88","created":"02/23/2014 12:56 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"88_","entry_text":"

During montage of athletes, big cheers for speedskating gold medalist Victor An. He's huge reason Russia topped medal standings. #sochi2014

— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) 5 years ago

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During montage of athletes, big cheers for speedskating gold medalist Victor An. He's huge reason Russia topped medal standings. #sochi2014

— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) Read More"},{"id":"87","created":"02/23/2014 12:56 PM EST","title":"Another Montage","tweet_link":"87_another-montage","entry_text":"

And now we have another video montage of amazing moments from the Sochi Games.

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And now we have another video montage of amazing moments from the Sochi Games.

"},{"id":"86","created":"02/23/2014 12:54 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"86_","entry_text":"

Pyeongchang does a subdued performance by Russian-standards, but Korean athletes come out the stands to dance at the end. That's pretty fun.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)
5 years ago

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Pyeongchang does a subdued performance by Russian-standards, but Korean athletes come out the stands to dance at the end. That's pretty fun.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"85","created":"02/23/2014 12:53 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"85_","entry_text":"

Korean athletes now jumping in the mix with the Korean perview show. LET'S DANCE.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years ago

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Korean athletes now jumping in the mix with the Korean perview show. LET'S DANCE.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years agoRead More"},{"id":"84","created":"02/23/2014 12:53 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"84_","entry_text":"

Korea's performance full of energy, strong singing and jsut the right amount of dnacers. Shows they promise a good show.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years ago

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Korea's performance full of energy, strong singing and jsut the right amount of dnacers. Shows they promise a good show.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"02/23/2014 12:53 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"83_","entry_text":"

Korean, with one of youngest and hippest cultures, doing very traditional presentation

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

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Korean, with one of youngest and hippest cultures, doing very traditional presentation

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

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I'll take your opera diva, Russia and raise you a few octaves. Korea showing it has opera chops too.

— Kelly Whiteside (@KellyWhiteside) 4 years ago

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I'll take your opera diva, Russia and raise you a few octaves. Korea showing it has opera chops too.

— Kelly Whiteside (@KellyWhiteside) Read More"},{"id":"81","created":"02/23/2014 12:46 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"81_","entry_text":"

Pyeongchang 2018: 30 years after Seoul and all its news: Ben Johnson and steroid era, Greg Louganis hitting head, last men's amateur BBall.

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) 4 years ago

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Pyeongchang 2018: 30 years after Seoul and all its news: Ben Johnson and steroid era, Greg Louganis hitting head, last men's amateur BBall.

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"02/23/2014 12:46 PM EST","title":"2018 Winter Games","tweet_link":"80_2018-winter-games","entry_text":"

Time for a presentation introducing the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Time for a presentation introducing the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"},{"id":"79","created":"02/23/2014 12:44 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"79_","entry_text":"

Interesting artistic choice to have the national anthem of South Korea sung, rather than just an instrumental version. #sochi2014

— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia)
5 years ago

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Interesting artistic choice to have the national anthem of South Korea sung, rather than just an instrumental version. #sochi2014

— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"02/23/2014 12:43 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"78_","entry_text":"

Flag hand off to Pyeongchang. Pyeongchang seems moderately happy.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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Flag hand off to Pyeongchang. Pyeongchang seems moderately happy.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

"},{"id":"77","created":"02/23/2014 12:43 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"77_","entry_text":"

Here's Anatoly Pakhomov, mayor of Sochi, who said there were no gay residents of his city. #troglodyte

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

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Here's Anatoly Pakhomov, mayor of Sochi, who said there were no gay residents of his city. #troglodyte

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago<...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"02/23/2014 12:42 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Circus Tent","tweet_link":"76_photo-circus-tent","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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The magic of circus is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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\"sochi\"

A general view as 'The Magic of Circus' is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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A general view as 'The Magic of Circus' is performed during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"74","created":"02/23/2014 12:40 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"74_","entry_text":"

BTW, this is a PACKED house here at the #closingceremony . Crowd seems a bit more subdued than opening.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins)
4 years ago

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BTW, this is a PACKED house here at the #closingceremony . Crowd seems a bit more subdued than opening.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"73","created":"02/23/2014 12:39 PM EST","title":"Lowering The Olympic Flag","tweet_link":"73_lowering-the-olympic-flag","entry_text":"

The Olympic flag is being lowered with the Olympic anthem playing.

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The Olympic flag is being lowered with the Olympic anthem playing.

"},{"id":"72","created":"02/23/2014 12:38 PM EST","title":"Greece National Anthem","tweet_link":"72_greece-national-anthem","entry_text":"

Now the National Anthem of Greece is playing, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

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Now the National Anthem of Greece is playing, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

"},{"id":"71","created":"02/23/2014 12:37 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"71_","entry_text":"

Very effective: little boy closing book titled Sochi 2014 before flag handover to Pyeongchang 2018

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil)
5 years ago

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Very effective: little boy closing book titled Sochi 2014 before flag handover to Pyeongchang 2018

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years agoRead More"},{"id":"70","created":"02/23/2014 12:35 PM EST","title":"Montage","tweet_link":"70_montage","entry_text":"

Now another video montage of amazing moments from the Sochi Olympics is playing. Very, very cool video.

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Now another video montage of amazing moments from the Sochi Olympics is playing. Very, very cool video.

"},{"id":"69","created":"02/23/2014 12:35 PM EST","title":"So Long, Circus","tweet_link":"69_so-long-circus","entry_text":"

And the giant circus tent has completely disappeared, like a magic trick.

End of circus segment has fireworks go off right above us here in stadium. Pretty cool.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) February 23, 2014

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And the giant circus tent has completely disappeared, like a magic trick.

End of circus segment has fireworks go off right above us here in stadium. Pretty cool.

— Jared S. H...Read More"},{"id":"68","created":"02/23/2014 12:34 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Closing Ceremony Ballet","tweet_link":"68_photo-closing-ceremony-ballet","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"67","created":"02/23/2014 12:32 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"67_","entry_text":"

A massive tribune to CIrcus now, with huge red and white tent, and almost 200 performers, including circus students from russia.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years ago

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A massive tribune to CIrcus now, with huge red and white tent, and almost 200 performers, including circus students from russia.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"02/23/2014 12:32 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"66_","entry_text":"

Clowns are creating a giant Russian circus, which is pretty cool. For clowns.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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Clowns are creating a giant Russian circus, which is pretty cool. For clowns.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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It's a three-ring circus now at the five-ring circus

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) 4 years ago

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It's a three-ring circus now at the five-ring circus

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) 4 years ago

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\"sochi\"

Dancers perform at the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dancers perform at the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"63","created":"02/23/2014 12:30 PM EST","title":"Here Come The Clowns","tweet_link":"63_here-come-the-clowns","entry_text":"

Sending in the clowns pic.twitter.com/ANvUsowq9L

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

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Sending in the clowns pic.twitter.com/ANvUsowq9L

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014<...Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"02/23/2014 12:26 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Giant Chandelier","tweet_link":"62_photo-giant-chandelier","entry_text":"

I've seen a lot of chandeliers covering congress. This one at the closing ceremony is something else. #nprsochi pic.twitter.com/XTl7CgOuFh

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) February 23, 2014

","short_text":"

I've seen a lot of chandeliers covering congress. This one at the closing ceremony is something else. #nprsochi Read More"},{"id":"61","created":"02/23/2014 12:25 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"61_","entry_text":"

Giant portraits of Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, etc. appear, and there's a big cheer.

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) 4 years ago

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Giant portraits of Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, etc. appear, and there's a big cheer.

— Anton Troianovski (@AntonWSJ) 4 years ag...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"02/23/2014 12:24 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Russian Culture At The Closing Ceremony","tweet_link":"60_photo-russian-culture-at-the-closing-ceremony","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

A performance to Russian culture during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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A performance to Russian culture during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"59","created":"02/23/2014 12:22 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"59_","entry_text":"

Bolshoi and Marlinsky ballet companies are performing. No time for ballet while covering the games. Just go to closing ceremony! #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR)
5 years ago

","short_text":"

Bolshoi and Marlinsky ballet companies are performing. No time for ballet while covering the games. Just go to closing ceremony! #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) Read More"},{"id":"58","created":"02/23/2014 12:19 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"58_","entry_text":"

Rachmaninoff tribute is absolutely stunning, may beat the \"War & Peace\" ballet scene from openings. Maybe. #ClosingCeremony

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Rachmaninoff tribute is absolutely stunning, may beat the \"War & Peace\" ballet scene from openings. Maybe. #ClosingCeremony

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"57","created":"02/23/2014 12:17 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: More Pianos","tweet_link":"57_photo-more-pianos","entry_text":"

62 piano circling in a fantastic dance to the music of Rachmaninov. The main Dj is Denis Matsuev! pic.twitter.com/4LQWzQI4uG

— Sochi 2014 (@Sochi2014) February 23, 2014

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62 piano circling in a fantastic dance to the music of Rachmaninov. The main Dj is Denis Matsuev! pic.twitter.com/4LQWzQI4uG

— Sochi 2014 (@Soch...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"02/23/2014 12:16 PM EST","title":"So. Many. Pianos.","tweet_link":"56_so-many-pianos","entry_text":"

pic.twitter.com/ygO8fN0mCL

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

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pic.twitter.com/ygO8fN0mCL

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

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Now, lots of George Washington-looking guys pushing pianos into stadium. I don't think Signing The Declaration of Independence will follow

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Now, lots of George Washington-looking guys pushing pianos into stadium. I don't think Signing The Declaration of Independence will follow

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"02/23/2014 12:14 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"54_","entry_text":"

Pianist Denis Matsuyev on stage, playing Rachmaninoff.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) 3 years ago

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Pianist Denis Matsuyev on stage, playing Rachmaninoff.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) 3 years ago

"},{"id":"53","created":"02/23/2014 12:14 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"53_","entry_text":"

The haunting notes of Rach 2....first recording I ever owned

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

The haunting notes of Rach 2....first recording I ever owned

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

"},{"id":"52","created":"02/23/2014 12:14 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"52_","entry_text":"

Closing ceremony tableau -- brides suspended from helium-filled clouds #Sochi2014 @ Олимпийский… http://t.co/O66dVx20Ya

— Alan Abrahamson (@alanabrahamson) February 23, 2014

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Closing ceremony tableau -- brides suspended from helium-filled clouds #Sochi2014 @ Олимпийский… Read More"},{"id":"51","created":"02/23/2014 12:12 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"51_","entry_text":"

Fake snow falling as artist recreate works of artist Mark Chagall. First snow I've seen in three weeks. #missyouchiberia

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Fake snow falling as artist recreate works of artist Mark Chagall. First snow I've seen in three weeks. #missyouchiberia

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"02/23/2014 12:11 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"50_","entry_text":"

Ceremony thanks the 25k volunteers who made the games pleasant. They deserve medals for wearing those loud rainbow outfits. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) 5 years ago

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Ceremony thanks the 25k volunteers who made the games pleasant. They deserve medals for wearing those loud rainbow outfits. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) Read More"},{"id":"49","created":"02/23/2014 12:10 PM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"49_","entry_text":"

A salute to the volunteers who were amazing - warm and helpful, Big boost for country with no history of volunteerism

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

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A salute to the volunteers who were amazing - warm and helpful, Big boost for country with no history of volunteerism

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"02/23/2014 12:10 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Jason Brown's View Of Closing Ceremony ","tweet_link":"48_photo-jason-browns-view-of-closing-ceremony-","entry_text":"

The Ceremonies have started!!! Here is the view from where we are sitting!!! #Sochi2014http://t.co/2D2pdBR3Xt

— Jason Brown (@jasonbskates) February 23, 2014

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The Ceremonies have started!!! Here is the view from where we are sitting!!! #Sochi2014Read More"},{"id":"47","created":"02/23/2014 12:07 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Wide View Of Closing Ceremony","tweet_link":"47_photo-wide-view-of-closing-ceremony","entry_text":"

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Athletes enter the arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Athletes enter the arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Alexander Legkov exults over gold pic.twitter.com/Tkf73Ml90y

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

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Alexander Legkov exults over gold pic.twitter.com/Tkf73Ml90y

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) Februa...Read More"},{"id":"45","created":"02/23/2014 12:02 PM EST","title":"Last Victory Ceremony ","tweet_link":"45_last-victory-ceremony-","entry_text":"

Time for the Russian sweep ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free. Alexander Legkov won gold. Maxim Vylegzhanin won silver. Ilia Chernousov won bronze. The crowd is going wild.

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Time for the Russian sweep ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free. Alexander Legkov won gold. Maxim Vylegzhanin won silver. Ilia Chernousov won bronze. The crowd is going wild.

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And a reprise of Russian anthem on tap....

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil)
5 years ago

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And a reprise of Russian anthem on tap....

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

"},{"id":"43","created":"02/23/2014 11:59 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"43_","entry_text":"

This place is going to go up for grabs when the men's cross-country sweep takes the podium. #Sochi #ClosingCeremony

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

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This place is going to go up for grabs when the men's cross-country sweep takes the podium. #Sochi #ClosingCeremony

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"02/23/2014 11:59 AM EST","title":"Most Decorated Female Winter Olympian","tweet_link":"42_most-decorated-female-winter-olympian","entry_text":"

Cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen of Norway was just given her gold medal for her victory in Ladies' 30km Mass Start Free. She is now the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever!

Norwegian women who swept 30 km with the great Marit Bjoergen gold pic.twitter.com/A9HpHf8D7y

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

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Cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen of Norway was just given her gold medal for her victory in Ladies' 30km Mass Start Free. She is now the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever!

Nor...Read More"},{"id":"41","created":"02/23/2014 11:55 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"41_","entry_text":"

Pretty cool moment for these athletes to get medals at closing

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

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Pretty cool moment for these athletes to get medals at closing

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

"},{"id":"40","created":"02/23/2014 11:55 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Americans March In","tweet_link":"40_photo-americans-march-in","entry_text":"

The Americans march in (@USATsportsImage) pic.twitter.com/q7YuG7AzJP

— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) February 23, 2014

","short_text":"

The Americans march in (@USATsportsImage) pic.twitter.com/q7YuG7AzJP

— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) Read More"},{"id":"39","created":"02/23/2014 11:54 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"39_","entry_text":"

Women's 30 KM and Men's 50 KM medal ceremony now. Norway swept the women's race. Russia swept the men's. It's about to get WILD in here.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Women's 30 KM and Men's 50 KM medal ceremony now. Norway swept the women's race. Russia swept the men's. It's about to get WILD in here.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"02/23/2014 11:52 AM EST","title":"Victory Ceremony Leftovers ","tweet_link":"38_victory-ceremony-leftovers-","entry_text":"

Looks as if victory ceremonies for men 50km and 30km women xtry to folo...Russia and Norway sweeps

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Looks as if victory ceremonies for men 50km and 30km women xtry to folo...Russia and Norway sweeps

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) 5 years agoRead More"},{"id":"37","created":"02/23/2014 11:52 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: More Flags ","tweet_link":"37_photo-more-flags-","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

Flag bearers parade ahead of athletes during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Flag bearers parade ahead of athletes during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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The flags of the competiting nations enter the arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The flags of the competiting nations enter the arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"35","created":"02/23/2014 11:45 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"35_","entry_text":"

The Fisht arena gets unbearably loud as the Russian athletes enter the stadium.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) 3 years ago

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The Fisht arena gets unbearably loud as the Russian athletes enter the stadium.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) 3 years ago<...Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"02/23/2014 11:44 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"34_","entry_text":"

Canada has awesome outfits...again. Wool ball caps. Red, black and white jackets. Gold medals also a nice accessory. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Canada has awesome outfits...again. Wool ball caps. Red, black and white jackets. Gold medals also a nice accessory. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) Read More"},{"id":"33","created":"02/23/2014 11:44 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"33_","entry_text":"

Athletes coming in as large group, instead of by country. Team USA wearing non-controversial RL sweaters. Where's the fun in that?

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Athletes coming in as large group, instead of by country. Team USA wearing non-controversial RL sweaters. Where's the fun in that?

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"02/23/2014 11:42 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"32_","entry_text":"

Athletes entering the stadium -- in all, 2856 from 88 national Olympic committees #Sochi2014 @… http://t.co/msVu6vDEj9

— Alan Abrahamson (@alanabrahamson) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

Athletes entering the stadium -- in all, 2856 from 88 national Olympic committees #Sochi2014 @… http://t.co/msVu6vDEj9

— Alan Abra...Read More"},{"id":"31","created":"02/23/2014 11:42 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"31_","entry_text":"

American closing ceremony outfits are a vast improvement. Ugly Christmas sweaters replaced by tasteful blue and red coats. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) 5 years ago

","short_text":"

American closing ceremony outfits are a vast improvement. Ugly Christmas sweaters replaced by tasteful blue and red coats. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"02/23/2014 11:41 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Flag Bearers Walking In","tweet_link":"30_photo-flag-bearers-walking-in","entry_text":"

The flagbearers: pic.twitter.com/SkVR56qgHW

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) February 23, 2014

Athletes entering all together. Nations mixed up. One of the great traditions of closing ceremonies. #nprsochi pic.twitter.com/PJmptlZocr

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) February 23, 2014

","short_text":"

The flagbearers: pic.twitter.com/SkVR56qgHW

— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) Read More"},{"id":"29","created":"02/23/2014 11:39 AM EST","title":"Flag Bearers Entering ","tweet_link":"29_flag-bearers-entering-","entry_text":"

Every country's flag bearer is walking into the stadium together now.

","short_text":"

Every country's flag bearer is walking into the stadium together now.

"},{"id":"28","created":"02/23/2014 11:37 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"28_","entry_text":"

Among the Russian flag carriers: Yulia Lipnitskaya, Evgeny Plushenko and Vic Wild, the American-born Russian snowboarder.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)
5 years ago

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Among the Russian flag carriers: Yulia Lipnitskaya, Evgeny Plushenko and Vic Wild, the American-born Russian snowboarder.

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"02/23/2014 11:37 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Drum Line ","tweet_link":"27_photo-drum-line-","entry_text":"

Drum line. Russian style pic.twitter.com/LEZmPUfOzd

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 2014

","short_text":"

Drum line. Russian style pic.twitter.com/LEZmPUfOzd

— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) February 23, 20...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"02/23/2014 11:35 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Dancers Reenact Olympic Ring Malfunction","tweet_link":"26_photo-dancers-reenact-olympic-ring-malfunction","entry_text":"

\"sochi

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers reenact the Opening Ceremony ring failure during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers reenact the Opening Ceremony ring failure during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"25","created":"02/23/2014 11:35 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"25_","entry_text":"

Military band coming into stadium now. No word yet on if a funky version of Daft Punk coming up.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins)
4 years ago

","short_text":"

Military band coming into stadium now. No word yet on if a funky version of Daft Punk coming up.

— Jared S. Hopkins (@JaredSHopkins) 4 y...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"02/23/2014 11:34 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Fireworks!","tweet_link":"24_photo-fireworks","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

Fireworks explode over Olympic Park during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Fireworks explode over Olympic Park during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

"},{"id":"23","created":"02/23/2014 11:32 AM EST","title":"","tweet_link":"23_","entry_text":"

Russian Children's Choir singing nat anthem is huge. They are singing from the seats that will later be taken by athletes. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR)
5 years ago

","short_text":"

Russian Children's Choir singing nat anthem is huge. They are singing from the seats that will later be taken by athletes. #nprsochi

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"02/23/2014 11:32 AM EST","title":"National Anthem ","tweet_link":"22_national-anthem-","entry_text":"

A children's choir is now singing Russia's national anthem.

Conductor Valeri Gergiyev is leading a kids' choir performing Russia's national anthem.

— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) February 23, 2014

","short_text":"

A children's choir is now singing Russia's national anthem.

Conductor Valeri Gergiyev is leading a kids' choir performing Russia's national anthem.

— Nataliya Vasilye...Read More"},{"id":"21","created":"02/23/2014 11:30 AM EST","title":"PHOTO: Dancers Perform At Closing Ceremony","tweet_link":"21_photo-dancers-perform-at-closing-ceremony","entry_text":"

\"sochi\"

Dancers perform during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dancers perform during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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