Wrapping up more than two weeks of spectacle, eye-popping and record-setting performances coupled with heartbreak, and even some controversy, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, and NBC’s coverage of the event, reach their conclusion with Sunday night’s Closing Ceremony at Maracana Stadium in Brazil.
The ceremony, much like the Opening 16 days ago, is expected to feature dancing, music, and displays of Brazil’s heritage and concerns for the environment and climate change, as well as the athletes’ procession around the stadium. NBC will also air the ceremony on a tape delay.
Other than a performance from Kygo, an international DJ, the full plans for the Closing aren’t completely known except for several traditions to pass the Olympic torch on to 2020‘s host city and nation, Tokyo, Japan. Famed film director Fernando Meirelles, who led the Opening, will also direct the Closing.
Specifically, Brazil will extinguish its Olympic flame but then hand the duties over to Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike and the national anthem for each country, as well as Olympics’creator Greece, will resonate throughout the stadium to cap the games.
Brazil, though it dealt with heavy criticism for its poor or lack of infrastructure to handle South America’s first Olympics, pulled off a thrilling Games that will be remembered for Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt’s last time atop the world and perhaps the start of American gymnast Simone Biles' rise.
The 19-year-old Biles, who won four gold and one bronze to help the United States women’s gymnastics team dominate the athletics’ events, shot to fame at her first Games and will end her inaugural run by leading the U.S. contingency during the parade of athletes.
"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles said to TeamUSA.org. “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”
Biles also helped the U.S claim the outright gold and medal victory in Rio. Team USA, as of publishing time, secured 116 total medals including 43 gold to pad its all-time lead in both categories. Great Britain finishes second with 27 gold and 66 total medals, followed by China with 26 gold and 70 medals altogether, and Russian in fourth place with 53 medals and 17 gold.
Start Time: Sunday, 8 p.m. ET
Actual Start Time: In Brazil the ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. local time, while in the U.S. it will be at 7 p.m. ET. But NBC is running a 30-minute tape delay, just like the Opening, so viewers can start watching at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com; unfortunately the live stream will also be effected by the tape delay.