During the closing ceremony on Sunday evening, the President of the Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, declared the Games closed. The next Summer Games will be held in Paris in 2024.
As in the competitions, fans also did not attend the closing ceremony of the games due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympic flame was extinguished as fireworks went off in the sky.
On the final day of the competition, the American athletes won three more gold medals, giving the Americans a 39-38 lead over China in the final gold medal count.
Overall, the United States easily outperformed all nations in the total number of medals, including gold, silver, and bronze, with 113 for the United States, 88 for China and 71 for host Japan.
President Joe Biden told a group of athletes in a virtual meeting that he was “extremely proud.”
“You remind us of what a wonderful country we are,” he said, inviting American athletes to the White House.
The star of this year’s Olympics was gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew during the competition due to mental health issues.
“You had the nerve to say, ‘I need help,'” Biden told him. I need some time.”
He also praised Biles for his return to competition.
“And guess what, you’re back on that damn beam,” Biden said. “The heart of a four-inch beam is my idea of going to Purgatory.”
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