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blog: 2013 World Championships, the countdown continues

John Dakin
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyJohn Dakin is the VP of Communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It never fails…the final day in the office prior to a big trip and all the best laid plans of going home early fall apart. The initial group of the Beaver Creek/Vail 2013 delegation, comprised of Ceil Folz, Arte Davies and yours truly, leaves for Cape Town, South Africa first thing Wednesday morning. We’re looking at around 26 hours of travel that takes us from Denver to Washington, D.C., then on to Johannesburg and finally to Cape Town.

However, we will not be the first segment of the Beaver Creek/Vail 2013 bid to touch down in Cape Town.

Our exhibition booth landed last week and cleared customs today. While smaller than previous FIS Congress booths, hopefully our will stand out as the acrylic walls change color every 15 seconds to the three primary colors of blue, orange and purple from the campaign logo. Of course, now we have to remember how it all goes together once we get there.

The entire delegation will include 20 people from throughout the valley, with everyone due in Cape Town by May 24.

The candidate booths open on May 26 and the vote takes place on May 29. The announcement should be somewhere around 11-11:30 a.m. on the 29th.

While getting ready for Cape Town has been stressful, I think we all feel good about what we have done over the past 12 months since we announced that we would chase the 2013 bid and the way in which we have gone about presenting our candidacy.

Thanks to everyone throughout the community that has supported this bid, especially all of the valley’s schoolchildren that wrote letters to the FIS Council members. We have had a great deal of positive feedback from that initiative.

Time to finish packing and hug the dog one last time … it’s off to the bottom of the world. Thanks again for all of your support and keep your fingers crossed.

John Dakin is the VP of Communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.

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