LONDRES - Coldplay et plusieurs autres vedettes de la chanson ont participé à la cérémonie de clôture des Jeux paralympiques qui ont attiré le plus grand nombre de spectateurs et de téléspectateurs dans l'histoire, terminant ainsi sur une bonne note un festival sportif de six semaines dans la capitale britannique, incluant des Jeux olympiques couronnés de succès.

Le rappeur Jay-Z et la star de la pop Rihanna ont collaboré avec le groupe britannique pour offrir un spectacle enflammé de trois heures dans le Stade olympique de 80 000 sièges.

Les 4200 paralympiens provenant de 164 pays ont admiré le spectacle du début à la fin, eux qui étaient assis tout autour du terrain. Les 11 derniers jours ont donné lieu à des compétitions mémorables qui ont modifié les perceptions et détruit les stéréotypes, pour s'assurer que les handisports soient dorénavant vus d'un angle différent.

«Je crois que les gens vont se rappeler des Jeux paralympiques et pour la première fois se dire que le sport paralympique n'est pas seulement inspirant, mais aussi extrêmement difficile et exigeant», a déclaré le Sud-Africain Oscar Pistorius, figure emblématique des Paralympiques.

Les porte-drapeaux, incluant le nageur Québécois Benoît Huot qui a été choisi pour agiter l'unifolié, ont marché devant un cortège de 25 camions de toutes formes, dont des paons et des poissons. Huot a été médaillé d'or, d'argent et de bronze à ces Jeux.

Les Paralympiques de 2012 ont brisé tous les records grâce aux 2,7 millions de personnes qui sont venues assister aux compétitions et aux plus de 70 millions $ amassés par la vente des billets.

«Ces Jeux ont été un triomphe absolu du début à la fin, a déclaré le premier ministre britannique David Cameron, dont le fils handicapé nommé Ivan est décédé en 2009. Je pense à Ivan. En tant que parent, on pense toujours à toutes ces choses qu'ils ne peuvent pas faire. Mais aux Jeux paralympiques, ils sont tout simplement surhumains et peuvent faire un tas de choses.

«Ce fut un été en or pour le sport britannique.»

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  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    *ALTERNATE CROP* Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Members of the public watch a fireworks display from London Bridge, to celebrate the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay and Rihanna duet during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jonny Buckland of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    An inflatable Paralympic Agitos during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Captain Luke Sinnott climbs a flag pole during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Union Flag is raised during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns as performers carry torches during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flag bearers carry their national flags during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (left), arrives with IPC President Sir Philip Craven during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Ireland's Michael McKillop (top left) is seen above the heat haze from the flame after receiving his gold medal for being named the best athlete who best exemplified the spirit of the Paralympics, during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.