His experiment in television with NBC over for now, David Remnick leaves Sochi on Tuesday to resume his day job as editor of The New Yorker magazine.
The former Moscow bureau chief of The Washington Post participated in discussions with host Bob Costas about some of the political issues surrounding the games.
Most visibly, he served as a cultural and political translator during NBC's coverage of Sochi's opening ceremony.
Remnick said it was clear Russian authorities wanted to "bobsled through" dark events in its history during the ceremony. But he said Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal of trying to show a developing, modern country was largely achieved.