Russian fans on Monday gave gold medal- winning athletes a heroes' welcome home at a Moscow airport following games overshadowed by the country's doping scandal.
For the South Korean delegation, it was the final step of a journey that started on February 9 when world-renowned figure skater Kim Yu-na illuminated the tiny rural town of PyeongChang by lighting the Olympic torch atop the Olympic Stadium.
There have been studies showing an Australasian Winter Olympics would be feasible. Many other Norwegian medal winners had already traveled home.
"It's right that we do that but I don't want the focus on the money to take away from the incredible athletes and their performances because that's still what should be showcased by the Olympic Games".
Instead the Canadians got big performances in freestyle skiing (seven medals, including four golds), short-track speedskating (five) and figure skating (four). "I think it'll be another games that is a fantastic games", Bleiker said. For the first time in 46 years, US figure skaters did not win a gold or silver medal.
The "Garlic Girls" are in trouble in the curling match between South Korea and Sweden.
"If the squad [for the Tokyo 2020 Games] goes up from 360 to 450 because a whole load of extra sports qualified, that's a great problem for us to have".
On the women's side South Korea took "Team Kim", with their members sharing the same surname, to their hearts as they qualified easily, winning eight of nine games.
Following the tradition of having an athlete from each country carry in their nation's flag, Jessie Diggins represented the United States among the first to enter, who's bringing home the U.S.'s first gold medal in the women's freestyle team sprint for cross country skiing and the first for USA cross country skiing in over four decades.
The world-record-holding team of Miho Takagi, Nana Takagi, and Ayano Sato was a favorite to win the women's team pursuit speed skating event.
The Olympic Stadium on the night of the closing ceremony had somewhat of a different atmosphere than during the opening ceremony. She was also on radio last week, claiming that it was "hypocritical" of Norwegians to do so well in the Olympics yet be unwilling to host an Olympics themselves. The U.S. leaves Pyeongchang with its first-ever gold medal in cross-country skiing, its first medal in men's singles luge, and its first gold medal in curling.
In a historic win, the U.S. Women's Hockey team took the gold for the first time in 20 years.
Yun, 23, won the gold medal in skeleton, becoming the first Asian to win an Olympic medal in sliding sports.
The Russian men's team defied International Olympic Committee rules by belting out the anthem at their medal ceremony following Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against Germany in the gold-medal game. "We want this to happen but it shouldn't happen by taking funding away from a winter sport". The Russian flag was not featured in the closing ceremony because the country was penalized by the International Olympic Committee over doping charges.
The host nation ended the games in seventh place with 17 medals.