After nearly three weeks of athletes from around the world competing in one of the biggest international sporting events, the Beijing Winter Olympics are coming to an end.
The final rounds will take place Sunday morning and afternoon in Beijing (late Saturday and early Sunday morning in the US), with the closing ceremony scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday; 4:00 a.m. Pacific time) .
The Winter Games present themselves as a carnival of danger: a stage for some of the most extreme sports on some of the most unforgiving surfaces. The daring feats of athletics in Beijing were showcased with bigger figures, faster speeds, greater amplitude and fiercer competition, much of which is defined by a new generation of athletes.
But these Games were not without clashes or controversies, including a dispute over doping that eclipsed women’s figure skating, one of the most popular sports.
There are still medals to be awarded in various events, including men’s hockey, women’s and men’s curling, women’s and men’s bobsleigh, pair skating and the women’s and men’s free ski halfpipe, among others.
The Games also continue: the Paralympic Winter Games will open on March 4 and end on March 13 in Beijing.