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One of the most popular groups in the world of K-pop, EXO was a natural choice to headline the PyeongChang Closing Ceremony. Spoiler alert: they were fun. And if you count success by the friends you make along the way, they were pretty good at that, too.
EXO entered the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on trucks, circled artistic projections of animals like a horse and tiger and knocked out a collection of its most famous songs, including Power and Growl, with all of the pyrotechnics you could wish for. They helped close a show filled with highlights, including the best 13-year-old guitar player you will probably ever see.
This group needs no introduction in Korea where they are cultural icons. According to allkpop.com, EXO has sold the most albums of any boy band in South Korea. They’ve even seen crossover success overseas, placing three different albums on the Billboard 200.
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 25, 2018
EXO also had some fun backstage, where it met one of its biggest fans: Russian figure skater and silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, who is a self-professed fan of K-pop. They left her with quite the souvenir, an album signed by the entire band.
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Ok. Just leave it here. pic.twitter.com/DWIOlpjalP
— Evgenia Medvedeva (@JannyMedvedeva) February 25, 2018
As the PyeongChang Games come to a close, it will be remembered for many things. Norway was historically good. Team USA pulled off some epic upsets in men’s curling and women’s hockey. There was more Russia than the IOC probably cared for. But never forget 2018 as the time K-pop was successfully incorporated into the Olympics.
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