Closing Ceremonies at the Olympics rarely garner the same attention that Opening Ceremonies do. The Opening Ceremony is often appointment viewing – even if on tape delay – on the Friday night that the games kick off. The Closing Ceremony, for many, is an afterthought after two-plus weeks of gluttonous sports consumption.
Another reason it’s less of a spectacle is that it’s often missing key ingredients: athletes. Many top competitors, like Michael Phelps, and some other notable American swimmers, return home after their events conclude. Not all of them, of course. Simone Biles was still in Rio to carry the American flag into the Maracana Stadium on Sunday night, 16 days after Michael Phelps did so at the opening ceremony.
But some nations, apparently, simply didn’t have any athletes left. Or at least theyRead More »from Some countries needed volunteer flag bearers at the Olympic Closing Ceremony