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A performer takes part in the presentation for the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018 during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

A performer takes part in the presentation for the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018 during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Performers representing clowns dance with brooms during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Performers representing clowns dance with brooms during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Bolshoi ballet dancers perform in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Bolshoi ballet dancers perform in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Dancers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Dancers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Performers wearing wigs stand next to pianos during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Performers wearing wigs stand next to pianos during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young
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The Russian, Greek and South Korean flags are raised during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The Russian, Greek and South Korean flags are raised during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Performers form the Olympic rings during a show at the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Performers form the Olympic rings during a show at the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Performers form the Olympic rings during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
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Performers and a giant rowboat are seen suspended in the air during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Performers and a giant rowboat are seen suspended in the air during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Performers sit inside a flying boat during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Performers sit inside a flying boat during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
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Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
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Performers sit inside a flying boat during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Performers sit inside a flying boat during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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