Korea Falls Short of Target at Sochi Games

The curtain fell on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday evening with a colorful closing ceremony as Lee Seok-rae, mayor of the next host city Pyeongchang, collected the Olympic flag from IOC President Thomas Bach.

Korea had the largest delegation ever at this year's Games with 71 athletes in almost every discipline except ice hockey. However, the country failed to realize its goal of finishing in the top 10 for the third time running with at least four gold medals.

Korea won three gold, three silver and two bronze medals to end up in 13th place.

Pyeongchang Mayor Lee Seok-rae waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Sunday. /AP-Newsis Pyeongchang Mayor Lee Seok-rae waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

The 2018 Olympics will be held in Korea from Feb. 9 to 25.

An eight-minute performance during Sunday's show highlighted Pyeongchang's vision of taking the world to a "New Horizon" during the 17-day sporting event.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 24, 2014 11:11 KST

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