Monday, August 25, 2008

Flame Extinguished

The U.S. team had a fun last day of the Olympics on Aug. 24. Yes, they were exhausted after three days of media and celebration, but that didn't mean they weren't going to squeeze the last few drops out of their Olympic experience. Quite a few players went to the men's basketball gold medal game or the men's water polo gold medal game, before rushing back to the Olympic Village to get ready for the Closing Ceremonies. The Closing Ceremonies were predictably spectacular but unpredictable in the amazing show the Chinese out together. The show definitely put a perfect capper on what was a phenomenal Olympic Games. After the Ceremonies, the team had a final meeting back at the dorm in the village in which Pia Sundhage spoke to the team about the amazing journey that the team had taken this year and thanked everyone who was a part of it. Most of the team staff spoke as well and it was a great last bonding event before the players left the following morning on four different flights. But they will see each other soon. The post-Olympic tour starts on Sept. 13!

Carli Lloyd and Nicole Barnhart, outfitted in their official U.S. Olympic Team marching gear, get ready for the Closing Ceremonies.

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