Closing Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
Speech by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge
Vancouver, 28 February 2010
Dear Canadian Friends,
We are gathered here again this evening, in your wonderful country, after 16 unforgettable days.
The Olympic Games are a celebration of humanity, and together we have experienced many strong emotions.
We have shared the grief of an Olympic dream cut short. The memory of Nodar Kumaritashvili will always be with us.
We have shared the joy of dreams fulfilled. We have been moved by tears of elation and tears of disappointment.
We have witnessed extraordinary acts of courage and exceptional determination by athletes who refused to give up.
Thank you to the people of Canada, for your generous hospitality, your warmth, and this unique and joyous celebration of Olympism.
In two weeks’ time, the remarkable Paralympic Games athletes will be able to enjoy your enthusiasm and your support.
Cheer them on!
Thank you to the thousands of marvellous volunteers. Your competency, your kindness and your smiles are worthy of a gold medal!
Thank you so much, VANOC, for an outstanding job!
You have done it! You have won!
Thank you also to the supportive public authorities, the Four Host First Nations, and the cities of Vancouver, Whistler and Richmond.
To the athletes of these Games, we say: You have made us proud. You are worthy role models. You have reminded us again that people from very different backgrounds can compete in a spirit of respect, friendship and fair play.
May we all take that spirit home with us.
These were excellent and very friendly Games!
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.
Thank you, Canada!
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