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Singers, athletes close out Olympics

Some of Korea’s most famous singers sang at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, which took place early yesterday morning.

Under the title “A Journey Together,” jazz musician Nah Youn-sun, world-famous opera singer Jo Sumi and singer Lee Seung-chul sang the popular Korean folk song “Arirang,” arranged by Korean-Japanese musician Kunihiko Ryo, also known as Yang Bang-eon.

The performance was to celebrate the transfer of the Olympic flag to Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Gangwon.

Following “Arirang” was a Korean traditional circle dance called Ganggangsulae, performed by the participants of Dream Program, which was initiated by Gangwon’s government to provide winter sports experiences for young athletes from various countries.

Some of Korea’s Olympic medalists, including figure skater Kim Yu-na and speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, participated in the dance.

By Jin Eun-soo, contributing writer
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