Russian fans on Monday gave gold medal- winning athletes a heroes' welcome home at a Moscow airport following games overshadowed by the country's doping scandal.
South Korea invested 14.1 trillion won ($13.1 billion) in the Pyeongchang Games, about 80 percent of which was used to build Olympic venues and other infrastructure in the sleepy province of Gangwon, organising-committee data shows.
Instead the Canadians got big performances in freestyle skiing (seven medals, including four golds), short-track speedskating (five) and figure skating (four). In an interview with CBS News he said, "That's something I thought I would never be able to say in my life that I got top three at the Olympics". "I think I need a little more time to let it sink in and to realise what I've done, to look back at it all".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump were in the stadium, as was General Kim Yong Chol, head of the North Korean delegation. "I loved the theatrical elements, the graphic artistry, the music, the technology and history all coming together", said Samuel Landis, a fourth-year branded entertainment student who has always been inspired by the Olympic opening ceremonies growing up.
North Korea also sent cheerleaders and musicians to the Games, while Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attended the opening ceremony and met with Moon.
From Lindsey Vonn taking bronze and becoming the winningest female alpine skier, to the men's curling team winning historic gold - it was quite a run for Team USA in South Korea. The first five of Team USA's gold medals were won in snowboarding, and at the beginning of the week the team's prospects were good.
A few hours later, Bjoergen received her gold medal during the closing ceremony in the stadium from International Olympic Committee president Bach. It was also the 39th medal for Norway, a winter Olympic record. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, the same Russian spies allegedly penetrated the database containing the drug test results and other medical information of all the participating athletes.
Nigasu landed a triple axel in the figure skating team event and won a bronze medal for Team U.S.A. Winter sports in this country should not be denied a similar inheritance.
Internationally, they were a Games blighted by the semantic nonsense of the "Olympic Athletes from Russia", and rouged by the constant presence of the 500-strong North Korean cheerleading squad, spuriously politicised in the pursuit of IOC-brokered peace on the Korean peninsula.
The host nation ended the games in seventh place with 17 medals.