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Here are highlights from the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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Sunday was the final day of Rio 2016, which means all the athletes can celebrate at the closing ceremony. 

Gymnast Simone Biles, who's taking home five medals, was picked to be the U.S. flag bearer for the Olympic ceremony. 

Biles told USA Today she was a little nervous about carrying the flag because it's 9 feet long. 

"I'm afraid the flag is going to be too heavy for me," Biles told USA Today on Sunday. "Michael Phelps is so much taller and he seemed to carry it so easily, and I'm very short. So I'm a little worried about that part."


Biles did just fine and even ended up having a selfie receiving line. 


The Olympic flag was passed along to Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo. 

The Japanese national anthem played and video played, welcoming the athletes to Tokyo in 2020. 

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, even made a special appearance. He dressed up a Mario and "transported" from Tokyo to Rio through a warp pipe. 

Here are some photos from the big night: 

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Performers stand in formation of the Christ the Redeemer during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Costumed dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Fireworks explode above the Maracana stadium during the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics, seen from the Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Artists perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike passes the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Olympic caldron spins and the Olympic flame burns during the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jackie Briggs from the United States wears the Olympic ring sunglasses during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Athletes from the United States pose for a photo with Simone Biles during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Simone Biles carries the flag of the United States during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Photos courtesy of the Associated Press. 

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