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Sochi Spotlight Dims as Winter Paralympics Draw to a Close

The global spotlight dims on Sochi with the closing ceremony and moves on toward the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Fireworks explode inside the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the beginning of the closing ceremony of XI Paralympic Olympic games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium near the city of Sochi, Russia, on March 16, 2014.

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Russia team members enter the stadium prior to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games closing ceremony on March 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Aerialist acrobats dangles in the air during the closing ceremony.

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Dancers perform during closing ceremony.

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Aleksey Chuvashev, a rowing Paralympian, climbs a rope using just his hands to set off fireworks.

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A South Korea dancer waves flags.

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South Korean performers dance during the closing ceremony.

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Fireworks explode after the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

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