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Lyrical End to Games

Fireworks
Fireworks ring the Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy during closing ceremonies. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Clowns
Clowns take to the stage during closing ceremonies at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. The ceremony was dubbed “Carnevale Italiano.” (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Crowd
Derek Parra, originally from San Bernadino, is hoisted into the air at the end of closing ceremonies. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Spectators
Sarah Owens leans on her mother Lynn, of Kentucky, during closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy Sunday. To the left of Lynn is husband Jim taking a picture. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Doves
Members of the brides that formed a dove of light during the closing ceremonies enjoy the moment in Turin. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Floating
A snowboarding-on-air performer floats above the stage on a tunnel of wind during closing ceremonies. (Alan Hagman / LAT)
Joey Cheek
U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek carries the American flag during the closing ceremonies. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Cheek
U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek is all smiles during closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
protester
A protester is removed after he interupted the speech by the president of TOROC Valentino Castellani, left, during the closing ceremony. (Jasper Juinen / AP)
Canada’s gold medallist
Canada’s gold medallist in the 1500m speed skating, Cindy Klassen waves during the closing ceremony. (Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images)
Irina Slutskaya
Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater and winner of the bronze medal in women’s figure skating, waves to the crowd. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)
Shani Davis
U.S. men’s 1000m speedskating gold medallist Shani Davis (C) smiles during the closing ceremony. (Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese Figure Skating gold medallist
Japanese figure skater and gold medallist Shiuzuka Arakawa poses with her medal and members of the Japanes team. (Javier Soriano AFP/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Closing Ceremony
A general view through the Olympic rings inside of the stadium during the closing ceremony of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games. (Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images)
Olympics Day 16 - Closing Ceremony
Artist dangle from up high, performing during the closing ceremony of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)
Flying Clowns
With a dreamlike, Fellini-style circus of clowns and acrobats, Turin bids arrivederci to the Winter Games. (AFP / Getty Images)
Pair in Masks
Two spectators wear the evil-angel masks distributed to all those attending the closing ceremonies. (EPA)
Hoop
An actor takes part in an Olympics closing ceremony, which doubled as Carnevale, at Turin. (AFP/Getty Images)
Characters
Closing ceremonies for the Winter Games in Turin were marked by dizzying array of circus acts, parades and carnival shenanigans. (AFP/Getty Images)
Fire blader
A performer roller blades with fire coming out of his helmet during the closing ceremony. (Alan Hagman / LAT)
Overhead view
An overhead look at the stage, and the entrance of Italian actress Valeria Marini. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)
Valeria Marini
Italian actress Valeria Marini enters the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremonies dressed as a mermaid inspired by Fellini. (Getty Images)
Opening
The lighthearted pageantry opened with a white-clad clown on horseback riding forward to greet a mermaid. (Getty Images)
Actors perform during the Closing Ceremo
Card-carrying actors perform during the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. (Jeff Heynes AFP/Getty Images)
Well-lit brides
398 brides, each holding a lamp, were part of the theatrical production during closing ceremonies. (Alan Hagman / LAT)
Avril Lavigne
Singer Avril Lavigne, perhaps a nod to the next Olympic host in Canada, performs during the closing ceremonies. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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