Just like with the Russian bear mascot for the Sochi Games, there is a tear or two shed for the closing of the Olympics.
For those of us who have covered the Games in the past, there is a tremendous surge of adrenaline and energy for the continuous flood of events. There are surprises and excitement — and a sense of adventure in watching folks compete in snow.
There is a sense of community and comraderie.
Then, it's over. The flame goes out and and you wonder "what's next?"
Many of us got over a lot of the sentimental part as we tried to board flights with millions of other folks the day after.
The Russians should get credit. The Games were apparently very organized and went off nicely. And the emphasis was on the athletes and their efforts. More importantly, with the prospect of major terrorist acts, there were none.
There was a shortage of snow but no shortage of amazing accomplishments.
Back to normalcy and regular TV. But there's a twinge of sadness.
The world is back to as it rather than what it could be.