The time has come to extinguish the torch at the 2018 Winter Olympics — but the closing ceremony is going to be lit. Athletes from all over the world will come together one last time in Pyeongchang to celebrate the end of the Winter Games, and the Asian country has some big plans to go out with a bang.
Hosting the closing ceremony for American audiences will be the fabulous duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski — who we guarantee will be wearing their matching bedazzled headphones. Along with great commentary, viewers can also expect a K-pop explosion at the event, including performances by Korean singer CL and boyband EXO. First daughter Ivanka Trump will also be making an appearance at the event, leading the U.S. presidential delegation into the stadium.
“We have created a show that looks towards the future,” director of ceremonies Oh Jang-hwan said. “It includes quite a lot of traditional Korean humor and fun elements to add to the party feel.” Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about the 2018 closing ceremony!
What time does the closing ceremony start?
The closing ceremony will kick off on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. EST. However, if you want to watch the festivities live, you’ll have to get up at 6 a.m. EST due to Pyeongchang’s 14-hour time difference. It is expected to run two and a half hours.
Where to watch Olympics closing ceremony:
Don’t have cable? No worries, you can watch on the NBC live stream or on the network’s app. You can also watch with a Hulu on Live TV subscription (there’s a free trial option) or, you know, go to a friend’s house.
Who will be the U.S. flag bearer?
Kikkan Randall (L) and Jessie Diggins (R).
After making history and winning the country’s first ever gold medal for women in cross-country skiing along with her teammate Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins will be carrying the red, white, and blue flag at the closing ceremony.
“This is such an incredible honor for me,” she said in a statement. “I’m really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me. It’s so inspiring to feel the support and cheering from everyone. The coolest thing for me about the Games has been getting to meet other athletes on Team USA and getting to cheer them on at their events and learn about what they do. I have so much respect and admiration for everybody here and am beyond honored to be able to lead us out of these Games.”
When are the next Olympics?
Already planning for the next Winter Games? Well, keep your eyes on Beijing where the 2022 Winter Games will take place. The Chinese city will host the games for the two-week period — becoming just the fourth Asian city to do so. There might also be some new events at the Olympics, with big air freestyle skiing and natural track luge currently in contention. We’ll be counting down the days.