Of all the bizarre things to occur during the closing ceremonies, none left viewers befuddled more than Bob Costas' assertion that fake Chinese athletes were boarding a plane that didn't really exist.
Bob was on to something. Those are, in fact, not-real athletes boarding stairs to a not-real plane to give the illusion that real athletes are boarding a real plane as part of their formal good bye.
I suppose we've come full circle from fake fireworks on 08/08/08.
Thanks to Matt Sebek at JoeSportsFan.com for the screengrabs.