#London2012 Closing Ceremony

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#London2012 Closing Ceremony

Live blog of the Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, and the handover to the next Summer Games host city, Rio de Janeiro

  • The stars of this year's Games will live in everyone's memory forever. Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt. Who were your favorites?
  • 16 Indian drummers bring in 303 white boxes representing 303 Olympic events
  • TRIVIA: Many athletes have gone home to their home countries but they & their families are allowed to stay in London legally until November
  • Video clips of Olympics now being flashed
  • "Running Up That Hill" by British singer Kate Bush now being played
  • First single from her 1985 album Hounds of Love
  • Athletes have been known to attend closing ceremonies with some alcohol in their system, to out it mildly :) Celebration after triumph!
  • The victory ceremony for the men's marathon begins
  • Part of the tradition of the #ClosingCeremony. The last medal ceremony of the Games.
  • Medals to be presented by IOC pres. Jacques Rogge of Belgium
  • Bronze medalist from Kenya
  • Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, bronze, Kenya
  • Silver, Abel Kirui, Kenya
  • Brazil athletes shown on camera, cheering. Next Olympics in Rio! 2016 will be epic. They have big shoes to fill!
  • Gold, Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda. First gold medal of Uganda since 1972.
  • National anthem of Uganda now plays
  • You can see the emotion and pride in gold medalist Kiprotich's eyes. What a journey it must have been for him.
  • "I was unknown. Now, I am known." - Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda
  • Gold medalists now being escor
    ted back towards the main stand
  • "Here Comes the Sun" now playing
  • Athletes and volunteers of #London2012 now being applauded
  • 4 newly-elected members of the Athletes' Commission now being recognized, also a #ClosingCeremony tradition
  • Deserved applause for the thousands of volunteers. Mo
    re than 240,000 applied to volunteer; 70,000 were chosen. They made the Games what they are.
  • Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody!!!
  • "Imagine" now playing
  • Being sung by a choir of kids. So poignant. John Lennon's video now added. Oh wow! He's singing with them!
  • John Lennon is and will always be alive. Long live The Beatles! xx
  • John Lennon's face was formed in a 3D puzzle in the middle of the stadium. Amazing.
  • The British musical symphony begins! George Michael opens with "Freedom"!
  • The footage of John Lennon singing Imagine was remastered by Yoko Ono exclusively for the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
  • I can only imagine how electric the atmosphere is in the Olympic stadium
    right now! Utter celebration and joy. Magical in there, I'm sure!
  • Lighting direction at the #ClosingCeremony is exquisite
  • "You gotta give for what you take." - George Michael, "Freedom"
  • George Michael now singing his second song, "White Light"
  • Imagine, your own concert with Britain's best musicians. Medal or no medal, athletes must feel like winners right now just being there.
  • Who loves Oasis? I do! Standby! xx
  • The Spice Girls open with "Wannabe," their first hit.
  • The Spice Girls

  • Almost 11,000 athletes competed in the Olympics. London has hosted the Games a record 3 times. 4,100 are involved in #ClosingCeremonies
  • The Spice Girls are GORGEOUS. Talk about aging gracefully. They all bloom!
  • Ready for a Gallagher? Stay with us here.
  • Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher. They are performing "Wonderwall."
  • The song was written by Noel Gallagher, Liam's older brother. The
    brothers' love-hate relationship is epic.
  • The Gallaghers are from Manchester, England, where the band was formed in 1991.
  • Electric Light Orchestra now performs "Mr. Blue Sky"
  • Who's heard of the musical "Spamelot"? Stay tuned for a song from it!
  • Fluid transition from one performer to another. Props to director Kim Gavin!
  • The Spice Girls reunited for the London 2012 Closing Ceremonies

  • Eric Idle performs "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the musical "Spamelot" Xx
  • Jessie J will be back onstage soon.
  • Some Bollywood dancing happening right now
  • The band Muse performs "Survival"
  • Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994.
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