Directed by the Chinese director Zhang Yimou, also in charge of the opening ceremony on February 4, the closing ceremony had begun at 20 hours local (13 hours in Belgium) in the Bird’s Nest, the stadium built for the Summer Games in 2008.
The Olympic flame, lit by the Chinese athletes Dinigeer Yilamujiang and Jiawen Zhao, was then extinguished, putting an end to these Olympic Games 2022, during which 109 gold medals were given in fifteen different sports. The Olympics 2022 took place in a sanitary bubble and without spectators, except some guests, because of the pandemic of Covid-19. They gathered 2,911 athletes representing 91 Olympic committees.
“I declare the Winter Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Beijing 2022 closed”. With these words of the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, the first Winter Games after the coronavirus pandemic were closed.
The 91 nations paraded in the Olympic enclosure. The parade of flags was followed by the athletes, after the entry of officials and the national anthem of the host country. A great time for the athletes.
Norway finished on top of the medal table with 37 medals, 16 of which were gold, ahead of Germany (27, 12 of which were gold)
And China (15, 9 of which were gold), with the host country setting a new record for a Winter Olympics.
Appointment as of March 4 at the time of the Paralympic Games.
Paris in 2024 and Milan-Cortina in 2026.