As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games enter the final week, all eyes will slowly turn toward the closing ceremonies.
The extravagant follow-up to the opening festivities, which was a mashup of fairytale scenes detailing Russia’s history, jubilant firework displays, and a rendition of Daft Punk’s smash hit “Get Lucky” performed by Russia’s police choir, is sure to provide just as much fanfare and excitement.
The closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. EST at Fischt Olympic Stadium. There will also be a symbolic 20:14 p.m. local Sochi start time, and it could be a huge celebration for several of the countries contending for the overall medal count.
As of Sunday, the Netherlands holds a one medal lead over Russia and the United States, with 17 total medals, including a best five golds. Norway and Canada each have 14 medals.
Russia, the U.S. and Canada are three of the top contenders for the men’s hockey podium, and could make up some ground on the Netherlands. The Russians are also seen as favorites for the final figure-skating medals, thanks to 15-year-old prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia.
U.S. President Barak Obama added some late intrigue to these games by naming former women’s tennis star and gay-rights advocate Billy Jean King as part of the closing ceremony delegation, along with former U.S. Olympic champions Bonnie Blair and Eric Heider.
King was originally supposed to attend the opening ceremony but was forced to pull out due to her mother’s death.
Just as it did for the opening ceremony, NBC will hold the closing telecast for primetime hours starting at 8:30 p.m. EST.
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