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We are only at the beginning of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

But once all the competitions have been decided, the Beijing Olympians will meet at the national stadium, site of the opening ceremony, for the closing ceremony.

The Closing Ceremony will bring nations and athletes together for the official end of the two-week global competition.

Here’s everything you need to know about the closing ceremony:

When is the Closing Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics?

After 19 days of competition in 15 different sports, the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Games will take place on February 20 at Beijing’s National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest.

The closing ceremony begins at 7 a.m. ET. You can watch it live on NBC or stream it on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com. The closing ceremony will also air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

What happens at the closing ceremony of the Olympics?

Traditionally, the ceremony includes a parade of flags representing all the participating nations, starting with the founding country of Greece and ending with the host country.

Medals from the last event of the Games are usually presented to the winners during the closing ceremony.

The remaining Olympians march in a parade of athletes, but unlike the opening ceremony, there is no order as the athletes march en masse.

Team USA has already unveiled the patriotic outfit its athletes will wear at the 2022 Closing Ceremony, complete with blue and red checkered puffer jackets.

The Olympic flag is lowered and the flag of the next host country (Italy) is raised alongside the flag of the current host (China). As part of the usual flag handover ceremony, the Olympic flag will be handed over to the mayors of the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina-D’Ampezzo, hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The Games were then declared closed during a speech by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. This declaration is made official with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

The Olympic Games officially end with a fireworks display worthy of a grand finale for a global event.

The Summer and Winter Olympics will officially return to a traditional two-year cycle, starting with the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.