RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05:  Fireworks explode over Maracana stadium during opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games commenced tonight at the iconic stadium.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Watch the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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Watch NBC’s coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, beginning with “Rio Gold,” an hour-long special looking back at the defining moments of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, followed by coverage of the Closing Ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Additionally, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will offer a live stream of the Closing Ceremony in real-time as it unfolds from the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Watch the live Closing Ceremony stream here at 6:15 p.m. ET
(Natural sound only, no commentary)

Mike Tirico, Mary Carillo and Ryan Seacrest will host NBC’s coverage of the Closing Ceremony, with Heather Cox and Lewis Johnson joining them as reporters.

Bob Costas and Al Michaels will anchor NBC’s studio coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT with Rio Gold, a look back at the most memorable moments and performances of Rio 2016, including Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

Simone Biles, who won four gold medals and one bronze in Rio, was selected by her teammates to serve as the flag bearer for the United States.

The Closing Ceremony will feature the pageantry and local flavor of host country Brazil, as well as the parade of flags and athletes from countries that participated in the Rio Games. The ceremony culminates with a party featuring samba schools from Rio’s world-famous Carnival and the extinguishment of the Olympic flame.

Tirico is completing his first-ever Olympics assignment, while 13-time Olympic commentator Carillo hosts her third Closing Ceremony (Salt Lake City, Beijing). Seacrest, NBC Olympics’ late night host in Rio, served as a host of the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony, alongside Costas and Michaels.

16 Olympic sports events to watch in 2016 (before the Rio Games)

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The coming year will be Rio Olympics-focused, but the Opening Ceremony is still 219 days away.

In the meantime, enjoy these 16 Olympic sports events:

1. U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Jan. 21-24, St. Paul, Minn.

The head-to-head between the last two U.S. women’s champions, Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold, is the most anticipated competition. Wagner, 24 and a three-time winner, can become the oldest U.S. women’s champion since Maribel Vinson in 1937.

2. Winter X Games
Jan. 28-31, Aspen, Colo.

In snowboard halfpipe, two-time Olympic champion Shaun White is expected to compete, looking to better his fourth-place finish from last year. Chloe Kim, who became the youngest Winter X Games champion last year, could vie for the women’s title with three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark.

3. World Luge Championships
Jan. 30-31, Königssee, Germany

U.S. lugers could be in line for a banner championships if the early World Cup season is any indication. Olympians Erin HamlinSummer Britcher and Chris Mazdzer all won World Cup races this fall.

4. World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships
Feb. 11-14, Kolomna, Russia

Americans Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson have traded World Cup victories and world records this season. Richardson is the reigning World 500m champion, while Bowe defends 1000m and 1500m titles. Shani Davis took the men’s 1000m crown last season but hasn’t won a World Cup race since March 2014.

5. World Bobsled and Skeleton Championships
Feb. 12-21, Igls, Austria

Questions abound for U.S. bobsleds with no men making the podium so far this World Cup season and reigning World champion Elana Meyers Taylor dealing with long-term concussion effects. Likewise, the best U.S. skeleton World Cup finish this season is eighth.

6. U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
Feb. 13, Los Angeles

The top three finishers in the men’s and women’s 26.2-mile races will make the Olympic team. Meb Keflezighi, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist and Boston and New York City Marathon winner, could become at age 40 the oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever, according to sports-reference.com.

7. Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals
March 16-20, St. Moritz, Switzerland

The last races of the season could decide crystal globes awarded to the top skiers in each discipline and the overall standings. Lindsey Vonn goes into 2016 in second place in the women’s overall, chasing Swiss Lara Gut.

8. World Women’s Hockey Championship
March 28-April 4, Kamloops, B.C.

The U.S. and Canada have met in all 16 previous finals, with Canada holding a 10-6 edge. The U.S. can capture its third straight World title, however, in Kamloops.

9. World Figure Skating Championships
March 30-April 2, Boston

Can U.S. singles skaters, with a home-ice advantage, end podium droughts? The men are in their longest drought in nearly 40 years, since Evan Lysacek took gold in 2009. The women are in their longest drought since World War I, with the last medals coming in 2006 (Kimmie MeissnerSasha Cohen).

10. U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials
April 8-10, Iowa City

One Olympic spot per weight class is up for grabs at the University of Iowa. Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs ought to be heavily favored, while another London gold medalist, Jake Varner, will have to beat World champion Kyle Snyder to make it to Rio. Also in action should be World champions Adeline Gray and Helen Maroulis.

11. World Men’s Hockey Championship
May 6-22, Russia

The U.S. took bronze behind loaded Canadian and Russian teams in 2015 at a tournament that takes place during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which alters rosters. The U.S. last won a World title in 1933, not counting Olympic crowns that doubled as World titles.

12. U.S. Olympic Diving Trials
June 18-26, Indianapolis

The top two per individual event and synchronized event winners could make the Rio team, provided the U.S. qualifies for berths at the FINA World Cup in February. David Boudia, who in London became the first U.S. Olympic men’s platform champion in 24 years, will be favored in both individual and synchro platform.

13. U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Trials; Women’s P&G Championships
June 23-26, St. Louis

The five-man U.S. Olympic gymnastics team will be determined after the trials, with the first- and second-place finishers in the all-around potentially clinching automatic berths. All five 2012 Olympians — Jacob DaltonJonathan HortonDanell LeyvaSam Mikulak and John Orozco — are Rio hopefuls.

14. U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
June 26-July 3, Omaha, Neb.

The top two finishers in each final make the Olympic team. Michael PhelpsRyan LochteMissy Franklin and Katie Ledecky will have busy schedules, looking to make it to Rio in multiple individual events plus relays.

15. U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials
July 1-10, Eugene, Ore.

The top three finishers in each final make the Olympic team, provided the athletes have met Olympic qualifying times and marks. Key athletes include Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin with chances to make the Olympic team in mutliple sprints.

16. U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Trials
July 8-10, San Jose, Calif.

The trials all-around champion will clinch one of five Olympic team spots. The other four will be chosen shortly after the trials finish on July 10. Three-time World all-around champ Simone Biles and Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman are favored to make the cut.

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Mike Krzyzewski says Rio 2016 Olympics ‘definitely’ his final Games

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who led the U.S. men’s basketball team to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, said he will step down as head coach after the Rio 2016 Games, according to ESPN.com.

“It definitely is,” his final Olympics, Krzyzewski said, according to the report.

It’s expected news.

Krzyzewski, 68, originally said the 2012 Olympics would be his final Games but, in 2013, announced he was coming back to coach Team USA for another Olympic cycle.

In July, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he knew Krzyzewski would be done after Rio 2016.

Krzyzewski was hired as the U.S. head coach following the failure of the 2004 Olympic team that lost three games in Athens and came away with bronze under Larry Brown. Those marked the first U.S. losses at the Olympics since NBA players began playing in 1992.

The U.S. men have gone 75-1 under Krzyzewski, the loss coming in the 2006 FIBA World Cup semifinals to Greece. He was also an assistant coach for the 1984 and 1992 U.S. Olympic champion teams.

In Rio, Krzyzewski could become the first U.S. men’s coach to lead three teams to gold medals.

“Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball,” Krzyzewski said, according to the report.

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