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Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

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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More than 250,000 people took to the streets Saturday to protest COP26, demanding solutions to climate change, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Protests were held worldwide as more than 100 world leaders meet to set new emissions reduction goals, per the New York Times.

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Bucks are the first NBA champion to visit White House since 2016

President Biden and the MIlwaukee Bucks at the White House. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden welcomed the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's 2021 champion, at the White House for a ceremony Monday, a return for a tradition that was briefly halted during the Trump administration.

The intrigue: The Bucks are the first NBA champions to visit the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, just two days after former President Trump was elected.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.