Olympics in Pyeongchang wrap up with closing ceremony
Event will not feature Russian flag, Canadians in legal trouble
By CBC Sports
After more than two weeks of competition, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea are coming to a conclusion. The closing ceremony airs live on Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. ET on CBC Sports, and will be replayed at 6 p.m. ET.
The closing ceremony is traditionally a more casual affair than the formal opening ceremony, and also marks the transition to the next Olympic Winter Games — which will be in Beijing in 2022.
Short track speed skater Kim Boutin was named Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Boutin won three medals in her Olympic debut, including bronze in the 500 and 1,500-metres and silver in the 1,000.
According to the official press release, Sunday's ceremony will focus on "the human spirit of perseverance" and will feature K-Pop stars like the boy band EXO and singer CL.
Canadian ski cross athlete Dave Duncan, his wife Maja and ski cross high performance director Willy Raine will not attend after the trio was arrested and released after midnight on Saturday in South Korea.
As for the prospect of seeing the Russian flag at the closing ceremony, the International Olympic Committee upheld the ban of Russia from the Games because of doping. The 168 athletes competing as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" will not march under their country's flag at the ceremony.
The IOC's full membership unanimously approved the recommendation of the executive board just hours before the final competition of the Olympics. Fifty-two of the IOC's 100 members were present for the vote.
IOC President Thomas Bach said a condition for Russia's reinstatement was no further positive drug tests at these Olympics. Two of the four athletes who tested positive in Pyeongchang were Russian, including mixed doubles curler Alexander Krushelnitsky — who had to return his bronze medal — and bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva.
With files from The Associated Press and Nicole Winchester