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Here’s a quick look at what happened in Pyeongchang just before the closing ceremony.

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Hello, Olympics friends. This is it. Our time together has come to an end. The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially complete.

The closing ceremony in Pyeongchang took place while you were probably sleeping. The Olympic flame is extinguished in South Korea. Presumably, our shirtless Tongan friend has put his shirt back on.

We’ll always have the memories. Hopefully, the norovirus will work itself out.

[Of course, don’t worry, you can still watch the closing ceremony on Sunday night in U.S. on NBC.]

Before we say farewell, let’s look back on the final few days of the games and the final medal count.


What country won the most medals?

Congratulations, Norway. You did it. You won more total medals (39) than any other nation. But, also, congratulations Germany. You finished second in the overall medal count (31), but won as many gold medals as Norway (14). Canada racked up the most medals (29) it ever has at a Winter Olympics to finish with the third-highest tally. The United States, who brought a record-setting contingent of 242 athletes to the games, finished in fourth place.

Check out the complete medal count HERE.

Who are our new favorites?

  • In case you, very inexcusably, missed it, the U.S. men’s curling team won a historic gold medal over the weekend. Skipper John Shuster threw an epic fiver in the eighth end to push the Americans past Sweden in the final. It was the first curling gold for the United States in our first appearance in a gold-medal game.
  • U.S. snowboarder Kyle Mack won a silver medal in the inaugural edition of the men’s big air competition. The 20-year-old from Michigan landed a frontside double cork 1440 with a double tail grab for the first time in his career. That trick is also known as a bloody Dracula. Yes, please.

“It was insane. All I want to do is go hug my parents and hang out with them,” Mack said after winning, via Team USA [Emphasis mine — and my parents’.] “It means everything to me to have them here. They have always been my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t be here today without my mom and dad. The fact I get to celebrate this with them is just next level.”

  • Gosh, Teresa Stadlober, I’m sorry. The Austrian cross country skier cost herself a chance at a medal in the women’s 30km mass start by taking a wrong turn on the course.


What’s next?

Bad news, friends. The events are over. You can watch the fully produced broadcast of the closing ceremony tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Up next for the Winter Olympics, Beijing in 2022.