Vancouver Winter Olympics lowers curtain with joy and sorrow   2010-03-01 11:57:11 FeedbackPrintRSS

The Olympic flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver's BC Place, Canada on Feb. 28, 2010.  The Vancouver Winter Olympics concluded here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

VANCOUVER, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- As the Vancouver Olympic Flame was extinguished by "snow" falling from the ceiling of the British Columbia Place, the 17-day winter sports gala went to a touching ending here on Sunday evening in downtown Vancouver.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge declared the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver closed.

"And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the XXI Olympic Winter Games closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Sochi to celebrate the XXII Olympic Winter Games," said the IOC chief at the closing ceremony.

Labelling the Vancouver Games as "excellent and very friendly", Rogge praised the Games has presented those glorious days to be cherished forever by the whole world.

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