Flame Extinguished in Beijing
Wow! I'm done, finished, I've got nothing left. Today, the U.S. men won gold in basketball and the bus back was packed to the gills. Ran and grabbed a burger. You know the Olympics is over when the McDonald's in the press center has no Big Mac's left. Off to the closing ceremonies which were beautiful and thankfully short. Got all my stuff filed by midnight. I'm off to the Great Wall tomorrow and hopefully this time it'll be open. Fly back Tuesday. Thanks for checking out my first attempt at a blog. I hear I'm a legend back in Indiana. Let's talk later about London.
The 2008 Summer Olympics closed in a display of tightly scripted merriment and lavish fireworks, a final burst of pomp ending 17 days of sports and celebration.
Nearly 90,000 attending the closing ceremonies turn on their red lights to close out the Games.
Hundreds of women in yellow skirts and tin-foil hats spin around below the drums. They are meant to suggest "melodious silver bells" that are lighting up our hearts.
Yao Ming takes some snap shots of his friends during the closing ceremonies Sunday night.
washingtonpost.com Sports Editor
August 24, 2008; 10:00 PM ET
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