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Rocking Ceremony Ends Winter Games 25 February 2002
Bon Jovi and Christina Aguilera took the stage at the end

Source: Yahoo News / AP

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - With a big sigh of relief and a star-studded celebration, Utah and America bid farewell to the Olympics on Sunday during a rollicking night of song and dance, a celebration of past athletic glory, and a quick glimpse into the future.

The closing ceremony was a wild ride, an eclectic mix of entertainment where rock band KISS shared the stage with figure skater Katarina Witt, Bon Jovi rocked the house and the Olympic flame that burned brightly for 17 days went dark.

Most of the 2,500 athletes at the games paraded into Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium and watched from the stands. Bobsledding bronze medalist Brian Shimer, a five-time Olympian, carried the American flag.

At the end, the athletes came down to the ice sheet on the stadium floor to mingle and party together in the final gathering of 77 nations that came to Salt Lake City not all of whom got along so well.


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