Local reactions to the end of the Olympics

A man takes a photograph of fireworks during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We now have to wait until 2018 for the next Olympic Winter Games.

Except for a few glitches with opening ceremonies and on the snowboarding halfpipes, the Olympics in Sochi went pretty smoothly.

Security was tight at the closing ceremonies on Sunday, as it was at Opening Ceremonies two weeks earlier. Leading up to the start of the games, Islamic militants in the North Caucuses of Russia threatened to attack athletes and spectators.

22News spoke with Russians in West Springfield who said they were proud their homeland was the focus of the world’s attention for something positive.

One woman from Ukraine said she was glad there weren’t any security problems.

Lyugmila Zinetich, a local resident who is from Ukraine, told 22News, “It’s pretty well. Yeah, I think Russia did a good job about security. That’s why it’s good.”

Security was especially important for the opening and closing ceremonies because that’s when all athletes, representing every country and every sport, were united in one stadium – with thousands more watching from the stands.

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in South Korea.

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