In the opening ceremony, the athletes from the host country enter last. In the closing ceremony, the athletes enter en masse and there is no structure as to what country's athletes enter last.
Opening ceremony: Swimmer Mark Foster Closing ceremony: Cyclist Chris Hoy
Trish Bertram & Marc Edwards
yes they were
From the start of the games until the closing ceremony.
Prior to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics - the first to be held in Australia and the first in the southern hemisphere - during the closing ceremony, the athletes marched by nation, just as they did in the Opening Ceremony. In Melbourne, the athletes cam into the stadium together during the closing ceremony. This was to symbolise world unity. (Incidentally, the suggestion to change was made by a young Australian named John Ian Wing.)
Yes, that is the final act of the closing ceremony. After the president of the International Olympic Committee pronounces the Olympics ended the flame is extinguished and, while the Olympic anthem is played, the Olympic flag is lowered and carried horizontally from the stadium.
There is no order at the closing ceremony. The flag bearers and country name board bearers enter first in single file. Then the athletes enter, en masse, without distinction of country.
The opening ceremony happens at the Olympic stadium of the country hosting the games
Yes. After the President of the International Olympic Committee makes a speech to close the Games, the flame is extinguished, the Olympic Anthem plays, and the flag is lowered and carried out of the stadium.
No they are first to enter the stadium.