The Olympics Closing Ceremony Turned Into A Party Thanks To These DJs

by Collette Reitz
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The 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony concluded with a dance party in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 25. After all of the fanfare and the official end to the 2018 Winter Olympics, the music kept going. The DJs at the 2018 Olympics closing ceremony were pumping all of the tunes and turned it into quite the party.

Once the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, officially ended the 2018 Winter Olympics and passed the torch to Beijing (the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics), DJ Raiden began pumping some EDM hits all throughout PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, according to NPR. Korea's very own DJ Raiden definitely made the Olympic athletes and volunteers in attendance want to get up and dance. As soon as the music was playing and the lights were flashing, people were grooving.

If DJ Raiden wasn't enough to get the Olympians on the dance floor, DJ Martin Garrix was also there spinning for the the impromptu Olympic dance party. Of course DJ Raiden and Martin Garrix know how to get a party started, but they weren't tasked with all of the work during the closing ceremony. In fact, they followed a killer performance by K-pop sensation, EXO.

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Viewers enjoyed seeing the performances by DJ Raiden and Martin Garrix, and they were very much here for seeing these elite athletes letting loose on the dance floor.

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"They're having a sick dance party at the Olympics closing ceremony."

"Closing the Olympics as a dance party for the athletes is a great way to go out, in my opinion."

There was no shortage of Olympic athletes ready to bust a move. Perhaps everyone was celebrating the fact that the 2018 Winter Olympics set two new records. The 2018 Winter Games set the record for the largest number of athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics as 2,920 athletes took to the ice and snow in PyeongChang, South Korea. The record-breaking number of athletes came from the 92 participating nations, which also happens to be the largest number of nations to compete in the Winter Games.

With the largest Winter Olympics crowd ever when it came to the number of competitors, it's no wonder that these dedicated athletes were ready to let off some steam and celebrate the end of a very grueling 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Since the closing ceremony is more informal than the opening ceremony (and the competition is over), the athletes are able to enjoy themselves a little bit more during the Winter Games finale. Instead of walking behind their respective flags in the parade of nations, the athletes can all walk together in the closing ceremony immediately following the parade of flags.

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According to the official International Olympics Committee factsheet about the closing ceremony, this change to the order of procession during the closing ceremony came during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. John Ian Wing, a teenage Chinese apprentice carpenter in Australia, was the idea man behind the athletes walking in the closing ceremony in no particular order.

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With this more casual approach to the closing ceremony, it makes total sense that the athletes would feel compelled to start dancing once DJ Raiden and Martin Garrix began pumping the EDM tunes. Not only are these competitors coming down from what was likely the most stressful few weeks of their careers thus far, but they're also taking the chance to celebrate one another's achievements.

This show of unity and international camaraderie is what the Olympics and the closing ceremony is all about, so I'd say that the athletes letting loose on the dance floor in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium a sign of a successful 2018 Winter Olympics.