The Russian delegation had said it was not aiming to top the medals table, but rather to retrieve the country's flag and Olympic status at the closing ceremony by following a code of conduct outlined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Addressing Korean President Moon, Bach said: "Thank you for your personal commitment and determination to make these Games so successful in every way".
Before the end of the event on Sunday, some U.S. officials claimed they were concerned the Russians may try and disrupt the closing ceremonies, they told the Post.
The Olympic women's ice hockey tournament will be remembered for two goals - one by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson that gave the United States the gold medal and one from Randi Heesoo Griffin for a unified Korean team that found its way into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Norwegians also have access to over 300 mountain peaks above 2 km, which according to the country's tourist board, are "draped in a pure, white cloak" when winter comes. So on Sunday morning, the IOC refused to reinstate the team in time for the closing but left the door open for near-term redemption from what one exasperated committee member called "this entire Russian Federation drama".
Yun became the first Asian to win an Olympic gold in sliding sports when he claimed the skeleton title in Pyeongchang, whilst Seo was part of the four-man bobsleigh team that won silver.
Two more Russian athletes tested positive in Pyeongchang in the past two weeks.
However it was after Boutin's bronze medal in the women's 500 metres that she received the most press.
The last event of the Olympics, the women's cross-country 30-kilometer mass start (classic) was won, perhaps fittingly, by Marit Bjoergen, who ended her Olympic career as the greatest winter Olympian of all time. Could you call the Pyeongchang Games a success?
The final medal count for Norway was 39 with 14 medals in Gold and Silver, and 11 medals in Bronze.
Canada's curing rinks - led by Kevin Coe and Rachel Homan - failed to medal in South Korea, while the NHL-less hockey tournament provided very little excitement until the medal games.
At 17 years old, Red Gerard is not only reminding us that not everyone is flawless, but also that anyone can achieve their dream.
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PyeongChang Olympics are most dominant winter games ever in primetime: From the opening night of coverage on February 8, NBC Olympics produced the most dominant Winter Games on record.