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Tokyo — More than a year after they were set to begin, and 17 days after their delayed start, the Tokyo Olympics drew to an end on Sunday with the closing ceremony here at Olympic Stadium.

Why it matters: Although COVID-19 delayed the Games and left an indelible mark, organizers hope the Games have left a legacy beyond the disease.

Sunday's ceremony began with the raising of the Japanese flag and a flag parade featuring a single flag bearer from each country, followed by the entrance of some additional athletes.

  • As with the opening ceremony and nearly all the events (with the exception of a few held outside Tokyo), there were no fans, with the stadium audience consisting only of athletes, officials, journalists, photographers and volunteers.

The big picture: The U.S. captured the most gold medals at the Tokyo Games, topping China on the final day thanks to victories in women's volleyball and basketball.

In photos
Athletes with national flags next to the Olympic cauldron during the closing ceremony at the Japan National Stadium, also known as the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS via Getty Images
Fireworks erupt above the stadium during the ceremony on Aug. 8. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Athletes gather next to the Olympic cauldron. Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP via Getty Images
U.S. athletes pose with their gold medals. Photo: Daniel Leaf-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
Performers dance during the closing ceremony. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images
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Lights display the word "arigato," meaning thank you. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios
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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

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Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.