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10 Breathtaking Photos from the Olympics Closing Ceremony

10 Breathtaking Photos from the Olympics Closing Ceremony

Originally posted 02/23/2014 05:00PM

Circus performers! 62 pianists! And, of course, Team USA! See how the 2014 Games ended on a high note

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See the 10 Most Popular Instagram Photos by Sochi Olympians

These 10 Olympians from Team USA Were the Most Popular on Instagram During Sochi

Originally posted 02/23/2014 09:00PM

The 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a dramatic close, but we'll always have the Instagrams from the Games. Between competing in snowboarding, figure skating, skiing and more events, American Olympians – like Julia Mancuso, Gracie Gold and Shaun White – snapped amazing photos and posted them to Instagram. These 10 athletes from Team USA saw the most engagement during the Games in terms of likes and comments. Here they are with some of their most interesting posts. Enjoy!

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Sochi Says Goodbye, Miley Smooches Katy & More Weekend News

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Closing Ceremony Kisses Olympics Goodbye, Miley Cyrus Smooches Katy Perry & More Weekend News

Originally posted 02/23/2014 08:00PM

Wait, there's more to life than figure skating?

Sure, the Winter Games are over, but there's plenty of action on the streets of Hollywood and beyond.

Here's what you missed this weekend if you were too busy perfecting your triple lutz:

5. Katy Perry Really Did Kiss a Girl

Hope her boyfriend don't mind it! Perry puckered up to Miley Cyrus during the latter's Saturday's tour stop in Los Angeles. While singing "Adore You," Cyrus slinked off the stage to lock lips with Perry, who was in the front row. Watch how Perry reacted.

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Russia Hands Olympics Over to South Korea During Closing Ceremony

Russia Hands Olympics Over to South Korea During Closing Ceremony

Originally posted 02/23/2014 05:25PM

A big part of Sochi's closing ceremony was dedicated to the ceremonial passing of the Olympics to South Korea, who will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

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Nancy Kerrigan Speaks Out About Tonya Harding 20 Years After Infamous Scandal

Nancy Kerrigan Speaks Out About Tonya Harding 20 Years After Infamous Scandal

Originally posted 02/23/2014 04:30PM

It was the whack heard around the world and Nancy Kerrigan has been largely silent about it – until now.

The now-retired Olympic medal-winning figure skater agreed to participate in the NBC documentary Nancy & Tonya, which debuts Sunday just before the Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Its airing marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Winter Olympics figure skating competition and highlights the scandal that gripped the nation.

Both Kerrigan and Tonya Harding – who has been more vocal over the years about the infamous incident – sit down for the documentary and offer differing viewpoints on what happened after Kerrigan was struck in the knee just prior to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit in January 1994.

"It's sad, the bizarre craziness that all transpired," Kerrigan says in the documentary, per the New York Post. "It's too bad, because she's talented."

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Creepy or Cute? The Giant Sochi Mascots Make Their Triumphant Return

Giant Sochi Mascots Make Their Triumphant Return

Originally posted 02/23/2014 03:00PM

Though NBC cut the Sochi mascots (Bear, Leopard and Hare) from the opening ceremony, Russia made them a crucial part of the closing ceremony.

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Meet Olympics Closing Ceremony Piano Virtuoso Denis Matsuev

Meet Olympics Closing Ceremony Piano Virtuoso Denis Matsuev

Originally posted 02/23/2014 01:45PM

Sochi's closing ceremony referenced Russia's proud history of composition by having piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev emerge from a cloud of smoke and blast through a Rachmaninov composition like he was playing Metallica.

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Ali Fedotowsky Arrives in Los Angeles with Two Rescue Dogs from Sochi

Ali Fedotowsky & Katherine Heigl Team Up to Rescue Strays in Sochi

Originally posted 02/23/2014 12:35PM

More celebrities are standing up for stray dogs in Sochi.

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Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'

Sochi Closing Ceremony References Opening Ceremony 'Ring Fail'

Originally posted 02/23/2014 12:10PM

Russia actually has a pretty good sense of humor about that whole "ring fail" thing in the Sochi opening ceremony, referencing the now-famous incident during the closing ceremony.

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PHOTOS: The 17 Gnarliest Olympic Wipeouts

UpdatePosted 02/23/2014 09:30AM

Photos: 17 of the Gnarliest Wipeouts at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Originally posted 02/21/2014 01:00PM

Have there been more falls this year than ever before at the Sochi Winter Olympics? It seems likely – in skiing, women are competing on courses built for men, while figure skating changed its scoring rules to encourage more risky quad jumps.

But we're not here to speculate about the causes. We're here to gawk at nasty crashes. Because although these Winter Olympic athletes possess the speed, strength and endurance to shame us normal humans, when they fall, they're just like the rest of us.

See the 17 most wince-worthy wipeouts of the 2014 Winter Olympics below. We separated them out by sport, so you can find your favorite flavor of failure.

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