The cost of Olympic medals

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IOC President Thomas Bach, centre, takes over the Olympic flag from the Mayor of Pyeongchang, Sim Jae-guk, and hands it to Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining during the Closing Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Officials in PyeongChang acknowledged that the Games were hit by a cyberattack during the February 9 Opening Ceremonies but had refused to confirm whether Russian Federation was responsible. The story of the Olympic mascot, Soohorang, was told through projection videos and sound.

His story went viral and Americans soon loved him for winning gold and showing that despite young people sometimes having irresponsible teenage moments, they are capable of incredible things, like winning gold medals. The disruption, which saw broadcast systems and the Olympics website hit, made it hard for many attendees to print their tickets for the ceremony, and thus resulted in many empty seats during the event.

The International Olympic Committee re-affirmed the integrity of the Games' electronic systems but said little beyond that, declining to reveal the source of the attack. "I think the Olympics are a good way for friends or family to get together and watch", said Maarouf.

The nation has plans to dismantle the main Olympic stadium to avoid it joining other decaying, empty Olympic venues dotted around the world, which serve as a warning and a deterrent to other cities considering hosting a Games. "It has something for everyone".

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A general view during the closing ceremony.

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The closing ceremony, which began with hundreds of drones making moving images in the sky and ended with spectacular fireworks display, was a huge hit on social media.

Medal performances from the likes of Lizzy Yarnold in the skeleton led Team GB to a greatest-ever haul of five in South Korea, a vast improvement on the low point of the 1996 Atlanta Games where Britain managed just a solitary gold.

USA snowboarders Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, Shaun White and Red Gerard dominated the podium with gold-medal wins all around. The medals came from both team and individual events, roughly split among men and women on the 226-member team.

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At only 17 years old, Chloe Kim made a name for herself after earning a almost ideal score of 98.25 on the Women's Halfpipe. The U.S. Olympic Committee was disappointed with their performance, too. NBC acquired rights to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2011 as part of a $4.38 billion agreement for four Games, then nabbed six more Olympics in 2014 at a cost of $7.7 billion.

"I really enjoyed watching Shaun White win the gold medal. The investment is coming in and there's no reason we shouldn't be a top 15 nation", he said.

Mirai Nagasu lands a triple axel in figure skating.

In total, 28 Ontario athletes reached the highest level of their sport by securing a spot on the Olympic podium for Team Canada.

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