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Looking Back: 'Excellent and friendly Games' come to a close

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VANCOUVER -- The cauldron went out even as fireworks roared, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics coming to an end after a hockey game that couldn't have been scripted better for the home team, an exclamation point on an Olympics by and for Canada that now begs a pressing question: what light did these Games shine on the Olympic movement's unique place in our world?

 The 2010 Games wound to a close amid what organizers billed as "warm, happy, fun-filled ... Canadian good-bye," the capacity crowd at BC Place given moose-antler head-gear to wear while rocking out to a dapper and hatted Neil Young -- he played "Long May You Run" -- and, later, to stars such as Avril Lavigne and Nickelback.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge formally closed the Games after declaring them "excellent and very friendly."

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